Serge Latouche

Scientific Commitee

Serge Latouche was born in Vannes on January 12th 1940. He is emeritus professor of economics at the University of Paris-Sud and one of the leading theorists of the emerging degrowth movement that has its main roots among French and Italian thinkers (decroissance, decrescita).


> Faut-il refuser le développement?: Essai sur l’anti-économique du Tiers-monde (Presses universitaires de France, 1986)
> La planète des naufragés: Essai sur l’après-développement (La Découverte, 1991)
> In the Wake of the Affluent Society: An Exploration of Post-Development (Zed Books, London, 1993).
> The Westernization of the World: Significance, Scope and Limits of the Drive Towards Global Uniformity (Polity Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1996).
> L’Autre Afrique: Entre don et marché (Albin Michel, 1998).
> La Déraison de la raison économique: de l’efficacité au principe de précaution (Albin Michel, 2001).
> Justice sans limites: Le défi de l’éthique dans une économie mondialisée (Fayard, 2003).
> Décoloniser l’imaginaire : La Pensée créative contre l’économie de l’absurde (Parangon, 2003).
> Survivre au développement : De la décolonisation de l’imaginaire économique à la construction d’une société alternative (Mille et Une Nuits, 2004).
> La Mégamachine : Raison technoscientifique, raison économique et mythe du progrès, (2004).
> L’invention de l’économie, (2005).
> Le pari de la décroissance, (2006).
> Petit traité de la décroissance sereine, (Mille et Une Nuits, 2007)

Contributions to other books
>”Paradoxical Growth”, Chapter 12 in The Post-Development Reader, ed. by Majid Rahnema & Victoria Bawtree (Zed Books, London, 1997).

> “Would the West actually be happier with less? The World Downscaled”, Le Monde diplomatique (December 2003).
> “Why Less Should Be So Much More: Degrowth Economics”, Le Monde diplomatique (December 2004).
> “Can democracy solve all problems?”, The International Journal of Inclusive Democracy, Vol.1, No. 3 (May 2005).
> “A bas le développement durable ! Vive la decroissance conviviale !”, Institut d’études économiques et sociales pour la décroissance soutenable (Institute for Economic and Social Studies for Sustainable Degrowth) (Paris, January 2006).
> “How do we learn to want less? The globe downshifted”, Le Monde diplomatique (January 2006).
> “De-growth: an electoral stake?” The International Journal of Inclusive Democracy Vol. 3, No. 1 (January 2007).


  1. Degrowth? Of consumption or hoarding or flipping or wasting or producing for empty buckets? I’m not sure Degrowth establishes a defined attribute for understanding of the process to apply. Which allows for more division on interpretations to own for exploiting of economies evolving. Degrowth sounds like a disease that has stunted the ability to take ownership of consuming knowledge to make decisions and requires a feeding tube.

    It’s like revolting into a locked cage to protest the lack of freedom by too many decisions to make with no outcome delivered. Own your freedom and the economy by accounting for growth instead to protect the process vs upholding talking points to debate. Account for growth by the ability to participate in the growth of producing and consuming to the ability for growing with-in communities. Capitalism for all to account in producing in creation of supply for demands of communism distributed to the needs of all who participated in socialisms growth. Marxist would probably have a better go at it with the ability to account for each process to formulate for each segment that can reconcile for all the transactions to value in different currencies of need to the supply on hand that can deliver with options for more growth. Without being boxed in for the ability to be dictated to all the glory and fame you want to achieve and deserve to have.

    I have wasted enough time here but thanks for providing the fun!

  2. Cher Monsieur Latouche
    je vous ecris pour vous demander un interview pour la presse grecque
    je vous prie d une reponse
    Dimitra Athanasopoulou

  3. I appreciate so much the work from Latouche. He has some interesting arguments. However, I think the book “Décroissance” is disappointing in many senses. Especially, I have not found any legitimate justification for “degrowth” (note that there is even not any consensus on the term “degrowth” among people working on this area)

    Firt, Latouche says that economic theory does not take into account the effect of production on ecosystems. This is beyond not being true but also quite ideological and keeping eyes closed to a huge subfield, which is environmental economics.

    Latouche makes some illegitimate accusations to people using mathematical tools to understand some complex phenomena. He says that using “elegant” maths is aiming at hiding some process in ecosystems. This is not true neither. Researchers in economics are trying to cope with the idea of entropy as well. (see and references therein). Using math is just aiming at understanding some phenomena that are difficult to understand without mathematics. Otherwise, if something is quite easy to understand, there is no need to write a mathematical model.

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