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Organizing degrowth – A talk at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting

Steady State Manchester collective member James Scott Vandeventer was recently invited to speak on a panel at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting. The following piece is adapted from this talk, which was based on his paper ‘Organizing degrowth: The … Continue reading

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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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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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Jason Hickel introduces Degrowth – book review

Also republished by MR online, 18.03.2021 Less Is More: How Degrowth Will Save The World. By Jason Hickel, London: Penguin-Random House, 2020. ISBN 978-1-786-09121-5 Mark H Burton, Steady State Manchester. Degrowth has arrived. It makes appearances in mainstream newspapers, radio … Continue reading

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The degrowth niche: What does it mean for Steady State Manchester and a Viable Economy?

The degrowth niche: What does it mean for Steady State Manchester and a Viable Economy? by James Scott Vandeventer                                                … Continue reading

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An economy that does not grow?

An economy that does not grow? Mark H Burton                                                                                                                                      pdf version Spanish translation here /Traducción a castellano-enlace There is now plenty of evidence that economic growth is highly problematic for human welfare and survival. The evidence comes from three … 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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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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