Dossier: Inside the Green Economy

Dossier: Inside the Green Economy

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Originally, the Green Economy was meant to create the political space for a deeper conversation. Yet, as argued in this book, such a conversation must go beyond a shallow ‘economisation’ of nature and quick techno-fixes.


The Book

Inside the Green Economy - Promises and Pitfalls

The economic and ecological bases of a general prosperity are in danger, the gap between rich and poor is widening. The concept of the Green Economy offers a new model, based primarily on large-scale technological solutions. But the Green Economy cares little about politics, barely registers human rights, does not recognize social actors and suggests the possibility of reform without conflict. It suggests that the world as we know it can continue with green growth.


Rethinking the Green Economy - Which economic model do we need for social and ecological justice? This and other questions were discussed by Tim Jackson, author of "Prosperity Without Growth", and Gerhard Schick, author of "Machtwirtschaft – nein danke!" with the authors of Inside the Green Economy. The event on 19 September 2016 was facilitated by Petra Pinzler.

Interview with Tim Jackson

It’s a combination of ecological, social and indeed economic and financial reasons why we have to end up looking at shifting that model of how we understand the economy. We need a transformation.

Book samples

Reviews on the Book

"Inside the Green Economy is a wonderful critique of the alternative program we have embraced: timid, we have prostrated ourselves to the economic illusion of consensus and the chimera of growth. [...] If it is not to be a complete political suicide then we must first challenge the mythology that the market will save us. Inside the Green Economy is a clarion call for why this must be our fight if we are to survive on this planet." Graham Bracken

Theses & Articles

There is no plausible scenario that credibly combines growth, an absolute reduction of environmental consumption and more global justice in a world of nine billion people.

The Return of Repression

The repression of NGOs and other civil society groups increases worldwide, which leads to a decline of democratic freedom. This issue should be added to the agenda of national parliaments and multilateral organizations.

By Barbara Unmüßig

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