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Are small firms getting a good deal in Greater Manchester?

Did you know that there are 5.4 million small and medium-sized firms (those employing less than 250 people) in the country as a whole, employing some 23 million people? They are the heart of the economy and of any future … Continue reading

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Alternative financial innovations in Greater Manchester?

We are interested in exploring the possibilities for alternative financial systems to promote economic, social and ecological well-being in this part of the world. The key idea is to identify the gaps in the local system of financial resources (systems, … Continue reading

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Greater Manchester Pension Fund: some positive moves but more ambition needed.

What kind of a job are the city region’s investments doing in securing a viable future for the region – economically, socially, and for our living planet? Back in September, 2013, we wrote to the then chair of Manchester City … Continue reading

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The Viable Economy serialised – About investment, money, credit and debt.

We continue the serialisation of our intervention, The Viable Economy, this time with just one section, on investment, money, credit and debt. You can download the whole pamphlet as a pdf file, here. If you like it, why not make … Continue reading

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Germany: a case study in the post-growth economy?

We can’t possibly do without economic growth! This is the mantra repeated by the political and economic establishment, from the far right to the Trade Union movement’s leadership. This claim we know to be illiterate in terms of social welfare, … Continue reading

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A more local economy

How do we shift the Manchester economy to one “where people can thrive without harming the planet”?  Not everyone yet accepts the idea that economic growth cannot go on forever, although they might understand that we are using more of … Continue reading

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Why Manchester City Council Should be Banking on Something Better

Part of the transition to a steady state economy requires maximizing the opportunities for local economies to invest in themselves, specifically in socially useful, equitable and resilience building enterprises. SSM also believes Local Government will play a key role in … 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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