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Individual Paper: The Trap of Success: a Paradox of Scale for Sharing Economy and Degrowth

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Over the recent years sharing economy and degrowth have been discussed as possible solutions for a more sustainable future. Defined by a large range of activities based on access over ownership, the sharing economy has been framed as a socio-economic model contributing to increase social bonding and collaboration and to reduce inefficient allocation of resources. Based on this approach, the sharing economy seems to align with some of the main ideas proposed by degrowth. Defined as a downscaling of production and consumption activities, degrowth is described by concepts and initiatives oriented to enhance ecological conditions and to increase social collaboration and well-being. In spite of the connections existing between them, no previous studies investigate the two concepts together. By considering the discrepancies existing between the intents of the sharing economy and degrowth ideas and the unexpected outcomes generated by practices, the present paper introduce a “paradox of scale” and discusses the feasibility of alternative economic models.


Day: 2018-08-22
Start time: 11:00
Duration: 00:15
Room: ABF (209)
Track: The Pluriverse: Articulating alternatives to development



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