Date of Graduation

Spring 5-21-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS)


College of Arts and Sciences


International Studies

First Advisor

Sam Mickey

Second Advisor

Quỳnh N. Phạm


It is assumed within both degrowth literature and the social teaching of the Roman Catholic Church (CST) that socio-economic transitions and transformations are needed due to the failings of the dominant capitalist paradigm. Both bodies of thought engage with issues of socio-economic transitions by considering what constitutes globally just development, and by outlining key principles they espouse to be foundational to global justice. By highlighting these principles, and locating the affinities between the two, these theories of socio-economic development can benefit from engaging with the other’s promoted framework. What could follow is a more coherent and holistic approach to development, and a more galvanized and intentional engagement within religious circles and degrowth circles with development issues as it relates to faith and spirituality. The thesis reviews the key formulations in both bodies of thought and highlights the overlaps, particularly those overlaps that engage with economic growth, wealth concentration, and neocolonialism. Furthermore, the thesis explores the potentially contentious topic of private property, and how degrowth and CST envision the institution in light of justice issues.