Postgrowth and Wellbeing

Challenges to Sustainable Welfare

  • Milena Büchs
  • Max Koch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Milena Büchs, Max Koch
    Pages 1-8
  3. Milena Büchs, Max Koch
    Pages 9-24
  4. Milena Büchs, Max Koch
    Pages 25-37
  5. Milena Büchs, Max Koch
    Pages 39-56
  6. Milena Büchs, Max Koch
    Pages 57-87
  7. Milena Büchs, Max Koch
    Pages 89-102
  8. Milena Büchs, Max Koch
    Pages 103-123
  9. Milena Büchs, Max Koch
    Pages 125-133
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 135-144

About this book


This book presents a detailed and critical discussion about how human wellbeing can be maintained and improved in a postgrowth era. It highlights the close links between economic growth, market capitalism, and the welfare state demonstrating that, in many ways, wellbeing outcomes currently depend on the growth paradigm. Here the authors argue that notions of basic human needs deserve greater emphasis in debates on postgrowth because they are more compatible with limits to growth. Drawing on theories of social practices, the book explores structural barriers to transitions to a postgrowth society, and ends with suggestions for policies and institutions that could support wellbeing in the context of postgrowth. This thought-provoking work makes a valuable contribution to debates surrounding climate change, sustainability, welfare states and inequality and will appeal to students and scholars of social policy, sociology, political science, economics, political ecology and human geography.


degrowth Welfare States Climate change steady state economy secular stagnation postgrowth the growth paradigm sustainable welfare ecological economics social practice theory measures of wellbeing eco-social policies welfare economics environmental policy planetary boundaries Limits to growth subjective and objective wellbeing human needs adaptive preferences loss aversion

Authors and affiliations

  • Milena Büchs
    • 1
  • Max Koch
    • 2
  1. 1.Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and EnvironmentUniversity of LeedsLeedsUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Lund UniversityLundSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-59902-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-59903-8
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