Deep transformations

A theory of degrowth

By Hubert Buch-Hansen, Max Koch and Iana Nesterova

Deep transformations
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  • Publish Date: May 2024
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    As a research field, social movement and political project, degrowth is a multi-faceted phenomenon. It brings together a range of practices including alternative forms of living and initiatives of various kinds in civil society, business and the state. Yet no comprehensive theory of degrowth transformations has so far been developed. Deep transformations fills this gap. It develops a theory of degrowth transformations drawing on insights from multiple fields of knowledge, such as political economy, sociology and philosophy. The book offers a holistic perspective that brings into focus transformation processes on various scales and points to various mechanisms that can facilitate degrowth. These for instance include ecosocial policies, transformative initiatives in business and civil society, and alternative modes of being in and relating to the world.


    1 Capitalism, the growth imperative and (human) nature
    2 Institutional forms and diversity: from capitalism to degrowth
    3 Theorising deep transformations
    4 Civil society in degrowth transformations
    5 The state in degrowth transformations
    6 Business in degrowth transformations
    7 Degrowth transformations - an empirical study
    Conclusion: the four planes of degrowth


    Hubert Buch-Hansen is Associate Professor at Roskilde University.
    Max Koch is Professor at Lund University.
    Iana Nesterova is a Postdoc at Aalto University School of Business.

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