Economy, Society and the Market in Post-Growth Politics
Email: David dot Yarrow at warwick dot ac dot uk
My research investigates how previously intangible aspects of social existence such as ‘quality of life’ and ‘job quality’ are being defined and measured by various official statistics agencies around the world, and the politics surrounding the growing use of this data. I locate these trends within a wider questioning of growth as the central development paradigm following the financial crisis, with governance institutions increasingly interested in developing statistical evidence about the broader dimensions of economic ‘progress’, sustainability and the good life. Drawing on the ideas of Karl Polanyi, I examine how ideas about the the nature of the economy and its relationship with society are evolving as a result of these initiatives, and the implications for post-growth political economic thought.