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Tag Archives: Politics
The renewed clamour for growth: ignorance, stupidity or immorality?
We are currently seeing renewed calls from leading politicians for a focus on “growth”, by which they mean economic growth, as measured by Gross Domestic Product, or GDP. The Conservative contenders are doing it, and Labour’s current leadership are too. … Continue reading
Posted in key concepts, explainers Tagged decoupling, Politics, growthism, managed degrowth, polemic, evidence 5 Comments
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
Posted in Climate Change, further reading, key concepts Tagged Book reviews, climate change, Green New Deal, Peter Somerville, Politics Leave a comment
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
Posted in degrowth, further reading, In Place of Growth, Politics Tagged CLES, degrowth, divestment, John McDonnell, Labour, policy, Politics, Preston, steady state economy 3 Comments
Practical degrowth for Labour
The article below is a slightly longer version of the piece published on the SERA (Labour Environment Campaign) website on 17 December, 2017. See also this piece, also by Mark, which was carried on the Left Foot Forward website, in … Continue reading
Posted in degrowth, economics, environment, key concepts, Politics Tagged degrowth, economic growth, green growth, Labour Party, Mark Burton, policy, Politics, SERA, steady state economy 4 Comments
Let’s talk about the elections
Let’s talk about the elections! Wednesday 14th June 6.30-8pm Lounge at Manchester Methodist Hall Central Buildings, Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JQ We’ve now had both the Greater Manchester Mayoral election and the General Election. Together these define a new context … Continue reading
Posted in events Tagged #GE2017, elections, GMMayor, Greater Manchester, policy, Politics, viable economy 1 Comment
STEADY STATE Part One: The National and International Context
This interview piece appears in Manchester’s Now Then magazine. A second installment, on the Greater Manchester context will appear in the next issue. Click HERE to read the interview. Thanks to Ian Pennington at Now Then for inviting us and … Continue reading
Posted in degrowth, introduction, news, Politics Tagged corbynomics, decoupling, degrowth, economy, Mark Burton, media coverage, NowThen, Politics, steady state economy, universal basic income (UBI) 1 Comment