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ScienceDirect.com - Journal of Cleaner Production - Should degrowth embrace the Job Guarantee? -
2013-05-23 17:34:49 GMT
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"Abstract Degrowth should consider the right to work – a Job Guarantee (JG) – as a way of making a smaller economy more just and socially sustainable. Economic shrinkage in richer countries is accompanied by increased unemployment, a bad enough problem in itself but also a barrier to voters’ acceptance of the degrowth path. Since being out of work is distinct from being poor, anti-poverty income policies should be approached separately. The JG is one of several paths to full employment, including reduced working time. This essay only briefly mentions some real-world JG programs and some technical objections. The main suggestion is to move employment from being a matter of economics, particularly economic growth, to being a political right. A right to work is necessarily effective and would avoid sacrificing the ecological and social goals of degrowth on the altar of full employment. Keywords Degrowth; Unemployment; Job Guarantee; Employer of last resort; Right to work; Guaranteed income"
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