Category Archives: degrowth

An economy that does not grow?

An economy that does not grow? Mark H Burton                                                                                                                                      pdf version There is now plenty of evidence that economic growth is highly problematic for human welfare and survival. The evidence comes from three domains. 1) The ecological: continual growth … Continue reading

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Does ecological sustainability mean the end of growth and capitalism?

On Sunday 4th November, people from Manchester and beyond packed a lecture theatre at the University of Manchester to hear a debate titled “Is Capitalism Unsustainable?”, organised by the University’s Political Economy Centre.  The speakers were local climate scientist Kevin … Continue reading

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Steady State Manchester at the Malmö Degrowth Conference

Three members of the Steady State Manchester collective were lucky enough to attend the 6th International Degrowth conference in Malmö, Sweden, at the end of August (2018), travelling there by trains and boats.  Between us we presented four papers.  The … Continue reading

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We need to end growth dependency, but how?

Monetary reform would make at best a minor contribution to the task1.  Mark H Burton2 Summary There is increasing recognition that endless economic “growth” is neither possible on a finite planet nor a desirable policy aim in social and economic … Continue reading

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Is the UK Labour party facing up to a post-growth future?

Following recent short articles on this theme, here is a longer, more analytic treatment. A personal perspective from the author.  Download the full article as a pdf file. Is the UK Labour party facing up to a post-growth future? by … Continue reading

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Practical degrowth for Labour

The article below is a slightly longer version of the piece published on the SERA (Labour Environment Campaign) website on 17 December, 2017.  See also this piece, also by Mark, which was  carried on the Left Foot Forward website, in … Continue reading

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What happened when Degrowth was discussed in the Catalan Parliament?

Update: 19 December, 2017.  Further to the article below, a lot has happened in Catalonia.  The parliament has been suspended by Madrid’s Popular Party minority government.  Oriol Junqueras, criticised for his conventional economics below, is in prison with another independista … Continue reading

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A political party argues for degrowth

Remember when politicians in the UK wouldn’t risk arguing strongly against austerity? That changed with the June General Election but there are still things that appear to be “unsayable” in polite political company.  One of those is to suggest that … Continue reading

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