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The hegemony of growth : the OECD and the making of the economic growth paradigm

Author: Matthias Schmelzer
Publisher: Cambridge : New York : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
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In modern society, economic growth is considered to be the primary goal pursued through policymaking. But when and how did this perception become widely adopted among social scientists, politicians and the general public? Focusing on the OECD, one of the least understood international organisations, Schmelzer offers the first transnational study to chart the history of growth discourses. He reveals how the pursuit  Read more...
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Schmelzer, Matthias,
Hegemony of growth
(DLC) 2015032466
(OCoLC)921141350
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Matthias Schmelzer
ISBN: 9781316452035 1316452034 9781316533758 1316533751 9781316532799 1316532798
OCLC Number: 950439424
Awards: Winner of Best Dissertation Prize (Twentieth Century), International Economic History Association 2015
Winner of Kapp Research Prize, Vereinigung fuÌ r OÌ kologische OÌ konomie (German Association for Ecological Economics) 2014
Winner of Friedrich LuÌ tge Prize, Gesellschaft fuÌ r Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte (German Society for Social and Economic History) 2015
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. I Paradigm in the making: the emergence of economic growth as the key economic policy norm (1948 --
1959) --
1. Measuring growth: the international standardization of national income accounting --
2. Propagating growth: from reconstruction and stability to "selective expansion" and "productivity" --
3. "Expand or die": international economic mandarins and the transnational harmonization of growth policies --
pt. II Paradigm at work: a "temple of growth for industrialized countries" in action (1960 --
1968) --
4. Power, progress, and prosperity: growth as universal yardstick and the OECD's 1961 growth target in perspective --
5. Boosting growth: the Western "growth conscience" and social engineering in the name of accelerated growth --
6. Replicating growth: the "development of others" and the hegemony of donor countries --
pt. III Paradigm in discussion: the "problems of modern society," environment, and welfare (1969 --
1974) --
7. Quantity in question: challenging the hegemony of growth and the OECD-Club of Rome nexus --
8. Reclaiming growth: organizational dynamics and the "dialectic" of qualitative growth --
9. Quantifying quality: managing the environmental costs of growth and the difficult quest for "gross national well-being".
Responsibility: Matthias Schmelzer.

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