The 'good life' of nations: A global perspective

Martin Fritz, Max Koch

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Major socio-ecological issues such as climate change have a global character. For the atmosphere it does not matter from which point in the world greenhouse gases are emitted. The structural preconditions for any ‘good life’ likewise have global reach. In this chapter, we theorise and operationalise the individual, social and ecological dimensions for prosperity and the ‘good life’ at national level and empirically explore patterns of prosperity at the global scale. How are prosperity patterns structured in various parts of the world? Are there any country clusters that manage to develop (elements of) the ‘good life’ within ecological limits? And what are the future prospects for the different clusters and particularly for the Western world en route to achieving a surplus in prosperity?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe good life beyond growth
Subtitle of host publicationNew perspectives
EditorsHartmut Rosa, Christoph Henning
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781134885176
ISBN (Print)978-1138687882
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Aug

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Ecological Economics

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Sociology

Free keywords

  • Degrowth
  • prosperity
  • good life
  • global perspective


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