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Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen and degrowth


As a peculiar economist of the twentieth century, Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen gave birth to many controversies. Since the 1970s, in particular in the French language literature, Georgescu-Roegen's ecological claim has often been considered as a promotion of degrowth. In this paper, I challenge this usual interpretation. I conclude that Georgescu-Roegen might be a source of inspiration for degrowth defenders only in a very narrow sense. A cautious reading of his bioeconomic paradigm shows that Georgescu-Roegen's stance was different from the growth/degrowth debate, and might be more accurately linked with an “agrowth” option.
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Antoine Missemer. Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen and degrowth. European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 2017, 24 (3), pp.493-506. ⟨10.1080/09672567.2016.1189945⟩. ⟨halshs-01324487⟩
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