Here are some more useful resources about the ideas behind Steady State Manchester. Do tell us what you would like to see here to help you understand the issues better and explain them better to friends, family, work colleagues (and movers and shakers).
A comparison table of 9 schools of economics by Ha-Joon Chang with a further school, ecological economics added by SSM’s Mark Burton: Assumptions of 10 economic theories
And from outside SSM, some resources that we find helpful in thinking through what a steady state economy and society might involve:
An audio interview (2009) with Dennis Meadows who led the MIT team that produced the classic study “Limits to Growth”.
Dan O’Neill’s Ecological Economics series. A series of short videos on ecological economics, launched April, 2021.
The End of Growth? Audio interview (2016) with Olivier Vardakoulias on “secular stagnation”, the idea that the era of GDP growth is finishing, not because growth is bad (it is) but that the capitalist system cannot sustain it because of its internal contradictions (well that’s a bit of a Marxist restatement but Vardkoulias seems to be saying something similar).
The Economics of Arrival – a video summarising the 2019 book by Katherine Trebeck and Jeremy Williams. AN interesting way of presenting the degrowth idea: abundant economies have “arrived” – they don’t need to grow any more. Indeed.
Raymond Williams: Ecology and the Labour Movement (1984).
Still highly relevant and very perceptive from perhaps the greatest socialist intellectual from Britain of the 20th century. Counterposes livelihood to production as the goal of social reform.
Presentations and papers from nef speakers at the July 2013 Manchester workshop Towards a Sustainable Economic System
James Meadway: Where do we go from here? Powerpoint PDF
Stephen Reid: Winning Ideas/Securing Change. Powerpoint PDF
PIRC: Busting Myths – A Practical Guide by PIRC (Draft) PDF
Slides by Jules Bagnoli (thank you Jules for allowing us to post them): The Deindustrialisation of Manchester’s food. Presented at the Ragged University. Manchester’s Food De-industrialisation .pdf version
Manchester’s Food De-industrialisation .ppt version
The vivir bien/buen vivir philosophy from the Andean region – an introductory article from Guardian, based mainly on an interview with Uruguyan social ecologist Eduardo Gudynas. And our collection of quotations to further explore this concept, more appropriately translated as ‘right livelihood’. See our page on learning from other cultures.
An article on the German Mittelstand model of business – Guardian again.
An article from Soundings on the Foundational Economy and the future for the regions. By Julie Froud, Sukhdev Johal, Mick Moran and Karel Williams.