Category Archives: further reading

The circular economy: is it the solution to resource depletion and pollution?

The main promoter of the circular economy (CE) defines it like this: A circular economy is one that is restorative and regenerative by design, and which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at … Continue reading

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Trapped in techno-scientism; is this hindering Manchester becoming an eco-city? | Platform

Trapped in techno-scientism; is this hindering Manchester becoming an eco-city? | Platform. This is a provocative and very well written article by Nadine Andrews on the shortcomings of the dominant ideology, and hence strategies, here in Greater Manchester.  It does … Continue reading

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Money as a social construct and public good

Money as a social construct and public good | British Politics and Policy at LSE. The above is a short link to a short article by Ann Pettifor (one of the New Green Deal authors) which summarises the argument of her … Continue reading

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Good and bad growth?

Recent discussions in Manchester have led to interest in a possible distinction between good and bad growth. We recently clarified our thinking on the nature of growth and post-growth as follows: “…we know that the economy is too big – … Continue reading

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#Economics and #climate change

See this short article by Kevin Anderson of the Tyndall Centre, who wrote one of the forewords to In Place of Growth.  http://kevinanderson.info/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Tyndall-briefing-note-36-economics-CC1.pdf He makes the point that a narrow financial interpretation of risk has dominated orthodox thinking on the … Continue reading

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The question of culture

In our critique of the dominant approach to prosperity in the city we have emphasised alternative economic perspectives – especially ecological economics (whence the ‘steady  state economy’) and degrowth (decentreing from the pursuit of growth as the central question).  In … Continue reading

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Socialist Economic Bulletin: The FT, hedgehogs and the scale of the crisis

The FT, hedgehogs and the scale of the crisis. This short article provides an interesting graphic take on the bankruptcy of the orthodox model, and its forecasters.  As we’ve said before – we are in a situation of post-growth already.  … Continue reading

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The financial enclosure of the commons | Red Pepper

The financial enclosure of the commons | Red Pepper. Really useful and succinct summary of the problem.  Carbon trading creates financial derivatives and actually makes the situation worse. For more detail also see:- Lohmann, L. (2009). When markets are poison: … Continue reading

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