Degrowth or green growth: A reflection on the recent public discourse in Norway
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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Original versionCapasso, M. (2021). Degrowth or green growth: A reflection on the recent public discourse in Norway. Sustainability, 13(2), 698. 10.3390/su13020698
This study offers a reflection about the ongoing debate on “degrowth” and “green growth”, as depicted in the Norwegian mass media. It addresses the following two interrelated research questions. How do the topics of public debate, where the concepts of degrowth and green growth are used, connect and overlap? In these connections and overlaps, how do the two concepts relate to each other? We read all the articles published in Norway on ten newspapers and magazines, which have mentioned “degrowth” or “green growth” since January 2018, to identify recurring interpretations of the two concepts and related social and political dilemmas. Then, we isolate elements in the articles, which may represent sources of discord and misunderstanding, and synthesize them into “core” topics, to provide a simplified basis for future debates.