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The Poverty of Growth

The Poverty of Growth

by Olivier De Schutter

Foreword by Kate Raworth

An accessible, jargon-free manifesto for how to achieve prosperity without growth

How do we combat poverty and rising inequality? In our age of impending climate catastrophe, the conventional wisdom around GDP and economic growth is no longer fit for purpose; a rising tide sinks all boats.

Oliver De Schutter argues that we must rethink the fight against poverty. The quest for economic growth not only clashes with the need to remain within planetary boundaries, but in fact creates the very social exclusion it is intended to cure: deteriorating human rights, widening the gap between the richest and the poorest, and merely modernising poverty without eliminating it.

The Poverty of Growth makes a clarion call to social movements, trade unions and environmental NGOs alike to forge a new pathway towards a 'post-growth' development, and a narrative of progress that is no longer orientated around wealth and profit.

Olivier De Schutter is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. Previously, he has been the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, and a member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. He is the co-author of The Escape from PovertySocial Innovation in the Service of Ecological and Social Transformation: The Rise of the Enabling State.

Kate Raworth is the author of the best-selling book Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist. She is Senior Associate at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute and co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab.

'Lucid, calm and compelling – Olivier De Schutter tackles the big question – how do we move forward from outdated economic thinking to a sustainable prosperity for all?'

- Kate Pickett, co-author, The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone

Foreword by Kate Raworth
1. What is Poverty?
2. Is Economic Growth the Solution?
3. The Strange Persistence of the Ideology of Growth
4. The Post-growth Approach to Combating Poverty

Published by Pluto Press in Apr 2024
Paperback ISBN: 9780745350233
eBook ISBN: 9780745350240

129mm x 198mm