Alternativet - En ny økonomisk dagsorden

Johanne Kure & Sophie Amalie Lykke Poulsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Abstract The following paper examines the economic policies of the newest political party in Den-mark, The Alternative (Alternativet), and how these policies position themselves in respect to the current financial agenda. This is done through a three-part analysis that relates the party and its financial policies to respectively 1) a theoretical discussion of the development of the economic field of study, 2) the economic policies of the Danish government and oth-er relevant sustainable initiatives from around the world and finally 3) the society at large. In the wake of the emergence of the current financial crisis the present mainstream econom-ical paradigm is at a loss to theoretically explain the prolonging character of set crisis. Crit-ics of the mainstream economical way of thinking argue that the present financial, resource and climate crisis combined are the one and same crisis – that is – a systematic crisis. Eco-logical economics, a school within the critics, further argue that the continued worldwide quest for GDP growth, whether it is regular or the so-called green growth is definitively in-compatible with planetary boundaries due to the rebound effect. Growth in the current day magnitude is therefore not considered sustainable. The Alternative, who agrees with the ecological economists, has set out to argue this case within the Danish political system. The analysis shows that though Denmark already is a pioneer country when it comes to developing and investing in sustainable measures, the fi-nancial crisis has put a damper on these ambitions, and has furthered the desire for growth. The ambitions of The Alternative are therefore still a long way from the present-day eco-nomical policies and ideologies of the government. Neither the community in general possesses the mind-set required to go through a shift in the magnitude of a paradigm. Here the party is faced with a great challenge in communi-cating the premises of their ideologies, which in addition to the ecological economics fea-tures aspirations for a new administrative culture, where values such as honesty, transpar-ency, public participation and trans-sectorial networking are central. The paper does not aim to determine weather or not The Alternative will be successful in Danish politics, but merely examines the basis, circumstances and relevance of the party’s being and concludes that success or not, the consequent debate that the party has brought fourth will be rewarding for the democratic process.

UddannelserOffentlig Administration, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato18 jun. 2014
VejledereJesper Jespersen


  • Vækstparadigme
  • Økologisk økonomi
  • Alternativet
  • Ny økonomisk dagsorden