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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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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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What do we mean by post-growth?

Our initiative, Steady State Manchester takes its name from the idea of a Steady State Economy that was promoted in the work of North American ecological economists, principally Herman Daly. In our report In Place of Growth, we explore what … 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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Government ignores consultation on duty to have regard to growth

We previously alerted followers to the consultation by the UK government on imposing a duty on regulatory bodies so they would have to ‘have regard to economic growth’.  We asked that people make their own responses to this consultation.   The … Continue reading

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Action call! Consultation Paper on Non-economic Regulators: Duty to Have Regard to Growth

Action call! Consultation Paper on Non-economic Regulators: Duty to Have Regard to Growth The unholy alliance of neoliberalism and the pursuit of economic growth. The current Tory led coalition government has been strangling the country with its austerity measures. But, … Continue reading

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There they go again – growth, airport. GM budget. SSM’s initial response. (now with an update – 20 March, 2013)

The first Greater Manchester budget has just appeared.  We need some time to digest it, but having seen the MEN reports (here) and (here) this is yet more orthodox thinking – a mixture of wishful thinking and denial. Here is … Continue reading

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The Limits to Social Democracy

Last summer #Compass, the centre-left pressure group, held a competition for essays that identified the “elephants left in the room”.  “We all know there are issues the left find it hard to talk about – immigration, crime and punishment, why … Continue reading

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