Author Archives: The Steady State Manchester team

Fighting Fire with Fire?

Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton (2021) Planet on Fire: A manifesto for the age of environmental breakdown. London: Verso. 280pp. £12.99 (hb).

Jonathan Neale (2021) Fight the Fire: Green New Deals and global climate jobs. London: Resistance Books. 348pp. Available as free e-book at: https://theecologist.org/sites/default/files/2021-02/Fight_the_Fire_0.pdf.

These are two very different books but with much in common. Both are concerned with how to respond to the climate and ecological emergency. Jonathan Neale’s (JN) focus is on the global level, while that of Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton (L&L-L) is primarily on the UK. Both argue strongly for a social democratic approach, by which I mean an emphasis primarily on public provision and governmental regulation to address the crisis. Continue reading

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The timidity of Transport for the North (TfN)

Transport for the North has released what it calls its Decarbonisation Strategy.  It is also asking for comments on it via its consultation process. Occasional contributor to this website, Peter Somerville, has provided the following commentary. The timidity of Transport … Continue reading

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News about the Manchester Degrowth and Ecological Economics Conference, 5th – 8th JULY 2021

Building Alternative Livelihoods in times of ecological and political crisis The International Online Joint Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics and the European Society for Ecological Economics, the international degrowth research networks and Steady State Manchester, hosted by … Continue reading

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Post-growth: an economist meditates

Review of Post Growth: Life after Capitalism. Polity 2021. by Tim Jackson ISBN 9 781509 54529 The economist Tim Jackson is well known as a leading advocate of an alternative to the dominant growth-orientated economic policy. He wrote the report … Continue reading

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The Post Growth Challenge entries (2)

This is the second of two posts in which we share entries from our Post Growth Challenge. You can read the first post HERE. Ideas for a post-growth policy package. Stanislas Rigal at the Institut des Sciences de l’Évolution de … Continue reading

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Invisible workers, invisible systems.

Invisible workers, invisible systems. By Mark Burton                                                                                                            pdf version also available at Resilience.org This is based on a short talk I gave to an event, What have we learned about work during Covid 19 and what needs to change? organised … Continue reading

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The Post Growth Challenge entries (1)

We received some interesting entries for our Post Growth Challenge.  There weren’t so many as we’d have liked but, as they are all of interest, it does mean that we can share them all. We purposely called it a challenge … Continue reading

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Viable Greater Manchester: our new policy collection

Now with summary diagram showing how the policies would work to support each other. Viable Greater Manchester Policies for a Socially Just & Ecologically Safe City Region, 2021 This is a contribution from Steady State Manchester to the debate about … Continue reading

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