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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

'Lucid, calm and compelling – Olivier De Schutter tackles the big questions' Kate Pickett, co-author, The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone

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

Oliver De Schutter believes that we must fundamentally rethink the fight against poverty. The quest for growth not only clashes with the need to remain within planetary boundaries, but also creates the very social exclusion it is intended to cure: eroding human rights, widening inequality, and modernising poverty without eliminating it.

The Poverty of Growth is a clarion call to forge a new path demanding progress that is no longer focused on wealth and profit.

An open access ebook version of this title is available, here.

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'Lucid, calm and compelling – Olivier De Schutter tackles the big question – how do we move forward from outdated economic thinking to a sustainable prosperity for all?'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

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

129mm x 198mm