Quotation Likavčan, Lukáš, Scholz-Wäckerle, Manuel. 2018. Technology appropriation in a de-growing economy. Journal of Cleaner Production. 197 (2), 1666-1675.




This article proposes a concept of technology appropriation as a means of ideological repurposing of technology in a de-growing economy. Its economic and institutional foundations are set forth using an endogenous theory of economic development in the spirit of Marx, Schumpeter and Veblen. Technological and institutional change lead interdependently to the emergence of socio-technical complexes which are subject to ideological appropriation. These complexes are analyzed as actor-networks from an ontological perspective and exemplified using special cases in the information and communication technologies (ICTs). The approach contributes to synthesizing critical political economy with actor-network theory. Technology appropriation is elaborated as a means of repurposing existing technologies in terms of recombination, with an emphasis on the strategy of habilitation. This political economic strategy delivers new insights for a solidary mode of economic reproduction in a low-carbon de-growing economy.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Cleaner Production
Citation Index SCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Technology appropriation in a de-growing economy
Volume 197
Number 2
Year 2018
Page from 1666
Page to 1675
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.12.134
Open Access N


Scholz-Wäckerle, Manuel (Details)
Likavčan, Lukáš (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)
Department of Socioeconomics DP (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1133 Computer-aided simulation (Details)
5325 Political economics (Details)
5335 Political economic theory (Details)
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