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Responsibility Beyond GrowthA Case for Responsible Stagnation$
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Stevienna de Saille, Fabien Medvecky, Michiel Van Oudheusden, Kevin Albertson, Effie Amanatidou, Timothy Birabi, and Mario Pansera

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529208177

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529208177.001.0001

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Putting Responsibility Centre Stage: The Underlying Values of Responsible Stagnation

Putting Responsibility Centre Stage: The Underlying Values of Responsible Stagnation

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(p.57) 4 Putting Responsibility Centre Stage: The Underlying Values of Responsible Stagnation
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Responsibility Beyond Growth
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Fabien Medvecky

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529208177.003.0004

This chapter shows how the concept of ‘responsible stagnation’ opens up a new way of looking at some of the problems with markets, GDP growth and innovation systems as they currently stand. It discusses the concept of ‘stagnation’ and why it provokes such fear on the part of policymakers and politicians, before examining the normative values of Responsible Stagnation and how ‘responsibility’ might be imagined in this setting. It considers the value of slowed reasoning in better decision-making, and innovating from an ethics of care. The chapter closes with a discussion on RS as a particular configuration of change, both social and material, that places responsibility centre-stage and offers its own set of priorities, regardless of their contribution to GDP.

Keywords:   consequences of innovation, ethics of care, GDP growth, responsibility, social values, societal benefit

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