Marginal Economy. Growth Strategies for Post-Growth Societies

Journal of Economic Issues, Forthcoming

15 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2016 Last revised: 26 Sep 2016

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Steffen Roth

La Rochelle Business School; University of Turku

Date Written: August 25, 2016


A sharp problem focus sharpens the problem. Sustainably ongrowing bodies of text on degrowth are not the key to post-growth scenarios because evocations of the limits of growth reinforce rather than transcend the economic principle, which is in the observation of scarcity. We therefore focus on alternative forms of growth rather than alternatives to growth. Our form-theoretical analysis of growth dismoralizes growth and disembeds it from the economic medium in which it is preferably drawn. We finally suggest that the key to a post-growth society is in a regrowth of interest in growth in so-far neglected non-economic function systems.

Keywords: Degrowth, systems theory, tetralemma, Luhmann, differentiation theory

JEL Classification: A14, Z13, Q57

Suggested Citation

Roth, Steffen, Marginal Economy. Growth Strategies for Post-Growth Societies (August 25, 2016). Journal of Economic Issues, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN:

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