Sources: Alternative Economics & Degrowth

Particularly influential and summary pieces are marked with a *

The failures of growth as pathway to wellbeing

Unequal Wealth Distribution

Joseph Stiglitz: tax high earners at 70% to tackle widening inequality: Nobel prize-winning economist calls for new top rate of income tax and 2-3% wealth tax on fortunes (2023, article in The Guardian)

The World Inequality Report 2022 – featuring videos, statistics and also figures on carbon inequality

Vermögensverteilung in Deutschland 2017/ Wealth Distribution in Germany 2017 – summary by Kurz&Knapp und Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung

The failures of green growth / green capitalism

The Value of a Whale: On the Illusions of Green Capitalism (2022, book by Adrienne Buller)

What’s really behind the failure of green capitalism? (2022, article in The Guardian)

Decoupling for ecological sustainability: A categorisation and review of research literature (2020, article in Environmental Science & Policy)

Green growth vs degrowth: It’s time to stop talking past each other and unite against the real enemies of environmental justice (2020, article in Open Democracy)

*Decoupling Debunked – Evidence and arguments against green growth as a sole strategy for sustainability (2019, research report commissioned by the European Environmental Bureau)

Overcoming the Myths of Mainstream Economics to Enable a New Wellbeing Economy (2019, article in Sustainability)

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (2014, book by Naomi Klein)

Alternative Economics / Degrowth

Upstream Podcast: Unlearn everything you thought you knew about economics

‘A new way of life’: the Marxist, post-capitalist, green manifesto captivating Japan (2022, article in The Guardian)

Thrive: Fundamentals for a New Economy (2021, edited book by Kees Klomp and Shinta Oosterwaal)

Degrowth / Postgrowth

I’m part of the ‘anti-growth coalition’ Liz Truss loves to hate – and I’m proud of it (2022, opinion article in The Guardian)

What does degrowth mean? A few points of clarification (2021, article in Globalizations)

The Future is Degrowth: A Guide to a World beyond Capitalism (2022, book by Matthias Schmelzer, Aaron Vansintjan and Andrea Vetter)

Post Growth: Life after Capitalism (2021, book by Tim Jackson)

Less is More: How Degrowth will Save the World (2020, book by Jason Hickel)

Jason Hickel on International Development and Post-Capitalism (2020, podcast episode in Upstream Podcast)

Post-Growth Living: For an Alternative Hedonism (2020, book by Kate Soper)

Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist (2017, book by Kate Raworth)

Prosperity without Growth: Foundations for the Economy of Tomorrow (2017, book by Tim Jackson)

Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Era (2015, edited book by Federico Demaria, Giacomo D’Alisa and Giorgos Kallis)

The economics of degrowth (2012, article in Ecological Economics)

Degrowth policies

Exploring degrowth policy proposals: A systematic mapping with thematic synthesis (2022, article in Journal of Cleaner Production)

Degrowth movement & strategy

Embodying degrowth and turning the movement inside out (2021, article in DevISSues)

Degrowth & Strategy: how to bring about social-ecological transformation (2021, book edited by Nathan Barlow, Livia Regen, Noémie Cadiou, Ekaterina Chertkovskaya, Max Hollweg, Christina Plank, Merle Schulken and Verena Wolf)


Autonomy – an independent, progressive research organisation that focuses on tackling climate change, the future of work and economic planning

Bullshit jobs: a theory – book by David Graeber

Shorter work week

Four-day week could alleviate cost of living crisis, thinktank claims: Benefits to productivity are already well known but parents could also save thousands in childcare and commuting costs (2022, article in The Guardian)

Thousands of UK workers begin world’s biggest trial of four-day week (2022, article in The Guardian)

‘I had a very welcome lie-in on Friday’: the joys and challenges of switching to a four-day week (2022, article in The Guardian)

Anti-work / the great resignation

Ready to quit your job? Come and join me in the anti-work movement (2022, article in The Guardian)

‘I yearned for a deeper, slower, more useful existence’: dispatches from the Great Resignation (2022, article in The Guardian)

‘The Great Resignation’: almost one in four UK workers planning job change (2022, article in The Guardian)

Quitting is just half the story: the truth behind the ‘Great Resignation’ (2022, article in The Guardian)

What’s driving the Great Resignation? Hope – with a side order of self-doubt (2022, article in The Guardian)

Part of the ‘great resignation’ is actually just mothers forced to leave their jobs (2022, article in The Guardian)

The Great Resignation has employers sweating. It’s time to escalate the pressure (2022, article in The Guardian)

Why millennials like Ash Barty are rethinking work (2022, article in The Guardian)

James Suzman: “Die meisten Menschen müssten nicht so viel arbeiten, wie sie es tun” (2022, article in Die Zeit)

Quiet quitting

‘Quiet quitting?’ Everything about this so-called trend is nonsense (2022, opinion article in The Guardian)

Quiet quitting: why doing the bare minimum at work has gone global. The meaninglessness of modern work – and the pandemic – has led many to question their approach to their jobs (2022, article in The Guardian)

Universal basic income

Eurotrack: Would Europeans support a universal basic income? (2022, survey by YouGov)

In pandemic crisis: 71% of Europeans support universal basic income (2020, article by University of Oxford based on survey)

Alternative Economy Initiatives – online space providing resources on degrowth

Ontgroei – the Dutch degrowth platform

Wellbeing Economy Alliance – collaboration of organisations, alliances, movements and individuals working towards a wellbeing economy, delivering human and ecological wellbeing

Doughnut Economics Action Lab – emerging global movement of new economic thinking and doing. The aims is to to help create 21st century economies that are regenerative and distributive by design, so that they can meet the needs of all people within the means of the living planet

Sustainable Prosperity Europe – project to liberate economic and political stability from the need of continous economic growth

Economy for the Common Good – proposing and pursuing a comprehensive economic model, emerging from a holistic worldview and based on grassroots democracy

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