When Degrowth decolonises academia

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Vincze Liegey, 17 janvier 2012

PhD student at the university of economy of Budapest, former spokesperson of the French Degrowth Movement.

Ecological economics is a branch of economics, which calls into question neoclassicism… Among the pioneers and the sources of this field of research, many are cited in the Degrowth debate; to name a few: Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, Karl Polanyi, Ernst Friedrich Schumacher…. Only the cultural approach and our references are missing to the list: Illich, Gorz, Castoriadis, Ellul, Charbonneau, Lartouche, and so on … It should not be confused with environmental economics; so decried for its neo-classical meanderings and its denial of reality.

Note: The reference to Lartouche is apparently to the French Serge Latouche, not Lyndon LaRouche, a right wing American politician!

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