Contributors: Hirschbrunn, Katharina (Hochschule für Philosophie)
Dipl. Volkswirtin, wiss. Mitarbeiterin im Projekt "Entwicklung im Dienst des Weltgemeinwohls", Institut für Gesellschaftspolitik, München. Promotionsvorhaben in VWL "Funktion und Qualität von Arbeit in einer stofflich begrenzten Welt –Ansätze aus Buddhistischer Ökonomie und Postwachstums-Theorie".
Scientific paper contribution: Buddhist Economics beyond Schumacher - How can contemporary research on Buddhist Economics inform degrowth- approaches?
Abstract: Schumacher’s seminal book “Small is beautiful” on Buddhist Economics (1973) forms one of the foundations of degrowth. Contemporary research on Buddhist Economics (BEC) still shares central assumptions with degrowth: Humans are interdependent with nature and with other humans, and well-being cannot be increased indefinitely by material consumption. But after Schumacher, the two approaches evolved isolated from each other. This is striking, as BEC can support degrowth in three ways: First, its deep understanding of human psychology, which largely accords with modern psychology, explains the results of happiness research. This descriptive power regarding consumer-ism alleviates degrowth in a central shortcoming: to render sufficiency attractive to the broad public. Second, BEC provides measures how to shape economy at community, national and global level, while offering valuable links to feminist economics. Third, experiences with BEC at community and national level feature practical insights. I exemplify these three domains by particularly con-sidering work/employment.