Economic Growth Imperatives

Overcoming growth imperatives and drivers as a way to a sustainable economic system

The scientific debate on sustainability is still controversial about the existence of “growth imperatives” or “growth drivers”. While many authors consider the fixation on economic and corporate growth to be a question of mentality, others assume that there is a structural growth imperatives. They describe its cause with various explanatory approaches, the plausibility of which is disputed. The goals of the project are to provide a complete and detailed overview of the current state of the debate, to categorize and evaluate the causes, and to discuss ways out at the level of economic order and policy.

The research project is a cooperation between ZOE, VÖÖ and the Scientific Working Group on Sustainable Money.

Associated topics
Redefining Progress


  • Dr Oliver Richters



Project partner