Quotation Kreinin, Halliki, Aigner, Ernest. 2021. From “Decent work and economic growth” to “Sustainable work and economic degrowth”: a new framework for SDG 8. Empirica.




The sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) have successfully raised awareness and built momentum for taking collective action, while also remaining uncritical of the central causes of the environmental crises – economic growth, inequality, and overconsumption in the Global North. We analyse SDG 8 “Decent Work and Economic Growth” from the perspective of strong sustainability – as phenomena, institutions and ideologies – and find that it does not fit the criteria of strong sustainability. Based on this observation, we propose a novel framework for SDG8 in line with strong sustainability and the latest scientific research, “Sustainable Work and Economic Degrowth”, including a first proposal for new sub-goals, targets and indicators. This encompasses an integrated systems approach to achieving the SDGs’ overalls goals – a sustainable future for present and future generations. The key novel contributions of the paper include new indicators to measure societies’ dependence on economic growth, to ensure the provisioning of welfare independent of economic growth.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Empirica
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title From “Decent work and economic growth” to “Sustainable work and economic degrowth”: a new framework for SDG 8
Year 2021
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10663-021-09526-5
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10663-021-09526-5


Kreinin, Halliki (Details)
Aigner, Ernest (Details)
Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience IN (Details)
Institute for Ecological Economics IN (Details)
Institute for Law and Governance IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1811 Political geography (Details)
5000 Social Sciences (Details)
5322 National/Political economy (Details)
5325 Political economics (Details)
5402 General sociology (Details)
5415 Economic sociology (Details)
5911 Social policy (Details)
5912 Social sciences (interdisciplinary) (Details)
5924 Environmental economics (Details)
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