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Property Rights Viewed From Emerging Relational Perspectives

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The author reviews Henry David Thoreau's ideas at this chapter, where he discusses ethics of voluntary simplicity. The chapter offers a few more introductory words about the nature of author inquiry and the legal issues that it gives rise to in the context of property theory. It focuses on how property relations might evolve in broadly affluent regions of the world if economic growth were to lose its privileged position as the touchstone of policy and institutional success. And for this reason author talks about a post-growth property system, a system that he define and evaluate throughout the chapter. The post-growth framework outlined in the chapter is predicated on the assumptions that (1) there is a material threshold beyond which more income/consumption stops tending to contribute to human well-being; and (2) that the advanced capitalist societies have gone beyond that threshold.

Keywords:growth economics; Henry David Thoreau; post-growth property system; voluntary simplicity



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