Notes regarding the book “Petit traité de la décroissance sereine”, by Serge Latouche[Reading report] by Diane de Zélicourt

2009-11-07

The author was part of the “Alternative Management” third year program in HEC in 2008/2009. Currently student at the Ecole des Mines de Paris, in a master program: “Energetic Systems Optimisation”. Interested in energetic efficiency in the building sector.

In this condensed book, Serge Latouche expresses a real manifesto promoting the concept of ‘degrowth', which is at the heart of his work. He points to the different paradoxes resulting from our current understanding of economic growth and from the ideal of growth by all means, depicting it as an addiction. He argues for the necessity of devising a new social model that incorporates degrowth and sustainablility. More than just a project, he proposes a program, presented in its political, social and economical aspects.

Quote article  Diane de Zélicourt, « Notes regarding the book “Petit traité de la décroissance sereine”, by Serge Latouche », 07 november 2009, Alternative Management Observatory (AMO), [Reading report]
http://appli6.hec.fr/amo/Articles/Entry/Item/106.sls

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