Living the Good Life in a Non-Growth World. Investigating the Role of Hierarchy

Living the Good Life in a Non-Growth World. Investigating the Role of Hierarchy
Fix, Blair. (2021). Working Papers on Capital as Power. No. 2021/2. February. pp. 1-55. (Article - Working Paper; English).

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Humanity’s most pressing need is to learn how to live within our planet’s boundaries — something that likely means doing without economic growth. How, then, can we create a non-growth society that is both just and equitable? I attempt to address this question by looking at an aspect of sustainability (and equity) that is not often discussed: the growth of hierarchy. As societies consume more energy, they tend to become more hierarchical. At the same time, the growth of hierarchy also seems to be a key driver of income/resource inequality. In this essay, I review the evidence for the joint relation between energy, hierarchy and inequality. I then speculate about what it implies for achieving a sustainable and equitable future.

NOTE: This essay was written for and supported by the Seoul Platform for Initiating Discourses on an Equitable and Resilient Society.



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Article - Working Paper


hierarchy energy inequality power sustainability wellbeing


BN Power
BN Production
BN Capital & Accumulation
BN Civilization & Social Systems
BN Comparative
BN Conflict & Violence
BN Cooperation & Collective Action
BN Crisis
BN Distribution
BN Ecology & Environment
BN Growth
BN Industrial Organization
BN Institutions

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Jonathan Nitzan

Date Deposited

10 Feb 2021 18:38

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03 May 2021 23:10


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