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Academic Special Session: Post-Growth Welfare: policies for ensuring equity & social security without growth

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The fiscal sustainability of our current welfare systems is predicated on continued economic growth, not least to manage demographic changes. This session sketches some possible ways to fund and operationalise an ecologically and socially sustainable welfare system, and highlights several topics that demand further research and consideration. Beth Stratford argues for funding public services and a basic income through rent socialization. Sarah Mewes discusses possible changes to the pensions system, which currently relies on growth in incomes to fund transfers to an aging population. Katherina Bohnenberger discusses the scope for replacing cash or in-kind benefits with vouchers, that directly link social security to the basic needs of people. Jana Brandl and Max Koch explore the different roles for local civil society actors in providing and enabling sustainable welfare, and focus particularly on how sustainable welfare can be operationalised in an urban context. Together these contributions offer a sketch for how welfare systems may needto change in a post-growth society.


Day: 2018-08-24
Start time: 14:00
Duration: 01:30
Room: Nöjesteatern (Estraden)
Track: Politics of Degrowth



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