Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/127341
Authors: 
Becker, Christian
Ewringmann, Dieter
Faber, Malte
Petersen, Thomas
Zahrnt, Angelika
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper Series, University of Heidelberg, Department of Economics 527
Abstract: 
The paper critically examines the status of the sustainability discourse and sustainability politics against the backdrop of considerations about the meaning of justice in the context of sustainability. We argue that the preservation of the natural basis of life is by itself a requirement of justice. However, the crucial role of the ecological dimension of sustainability has been neglected due to a problematic interpretation of the economic dimension, a limited understanding of justice, and an overemphasis of economic growth and growth politics. We propose to reposition the sustainability discourse and sustainability politics by prioritizing the long-term protection of the natural basis of life as the essential foundation of future development, welfare, and justice.
Subjects: 
Sustainability
justice
ethics
growth
welfare
ecological economy
JEL: 
A13
A10
Q57
Q5
Q01
O40
I31
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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