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Contributors: Brand, Ulrich, Prof. Dr. (University of Vienna)


Ulrich Brand is doing research and teaches as professor for International Politics at the University of Vienna on the subjects like globalization and its critique as well as social-ecological transformation. He was member of the Enquete Commission „growth, well-being, quality of life“ of the German Bundestag (January 2011 to June 2013).

Professor für Internationale Politik, forscht und lehrt an der Universität Wien zu Themen wie Globalisierung und Globalisierungskritik sowie sozialökologischer Umbau. Er war Mitglied der Enquete-Kommission "Wachstum, Wohlstand, Lebensqualität" des Deutschen Bundestages (Januar 2011 bis Juni 2013).

Scientific paper contribution: Post-Extracivism and De-Growth: Two Sides of the Same Perspective?
Abstract: Post-Extracivism and De-Growth: Two Sides of the Same Perspective? There are at two continents two thrilling debates taking place. In Europe, the degrowth perspective pushes a dynamic political and scientific debate in Europe which started some years ago in order to develop alternatives to the business-as-usual strategies. Since the beginning of the economic crisis, those strategies claim almost exclusively that economic growth and competitiveness has to be secured or enhanced; austerity politics is the dominant economic and social policy. In Latin America, a paradox is at the core of current policies: Even many governments claim to start with policies which do not damage the environment, in fact the model of resource extractivism predominates. The paper takes those constellations as starting points and asks how proposals or degrowth and post-extractivism intend to overcome dominant dynamics. Additionally, it compares core arguments of both perspectives against the background of some criteria: The framing of the problems, the role of markets, states and democracy within degrowth and post-extractivism proposals, the driving forces and crucial obstacles and – importantly – how they conceptualize change at the international level.