Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/229954
Authors: 
Fix, Blair
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers on Capital as Power No. 2021/02
Abstract: 
Humanity's most pressing need is to learn how to live within our planet's boundaries - something that likely means doing without economic growth. How, then, can we create a non-growth society that is both just and equitable? I attempt to address this question by looking at an aspect of sustainability (and equity) that is not often discussed: the growth of hierarchy. As societies consume more energy, they tend to become more hierarchical. At the same time, the growth of hierarchy also seems to be a key driver of income/resource inequality. In this essay, I review the evidence for the joint relation between energy, hierarchy and inequality. I then speculate about what it implies for achieving a sustainable and equitable future. NOTE: This essay was written for and supported by the Seoul Platform for Initiating Discourses on an Equitable and Resilient Society.
Subjects: 
hierarchy
energy
inequality
power
sustainability
wellbeing
JEL: 
P16
Q4
D3
URL of the first edition: 
Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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