Posts Tagged: economic growth

Fantasy economics

One of the most important recent ‘discoveries’ in economics is not about either growth or jobs. It is about people. We have discovered that we are not actually the logical, cool, and selfish people that economic models often assume we

Fantasy economics

One of the most important recent ‘discoveries’ in economics is not about either growth or jobs. It is about people. We have discovered that we are not actually the logical, cool, and selfish people that economic models often assume we

Where is Inequality Headed?

The European Union (EU) was created from a desire for peace and prosperity after the carnage of World War II. It all began with the formation of the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951 which aimed to unify and

Where is Inequality Headed?

The European Union (EU) was created from a desire for peace and prosperity after the carnage of World War II. It all began with the formation of the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951 which aimed to unify and

New Beginnings at QCEA

When asked recently what interested me most about European politics, my answer was that this is a sector that is constantly evolving. Europe never stands still. This constant change brings with it exciting new ideas, challenges and opportunities that I

New Beginnings at QCEA

When asked recently what interested me most about European politics, my answer was that this is a sector that is constantly evolving. Europe never stands still. This constant change brings with it exciting new ideas, challenges and opportunities that I

Reindustrialising Europe: What Role for Smaller Businesses in Making Europe Sustainable?

The European Union’s Commission, Parliament, and Council have had one issue on their minds lately: the economy. As the economic crisis continues, and worsens in some Member States, few EU matters can be discussed without mention of our financial woes.

Reindustrialising Europe: What Role for Smaller Businesses in Making Europe Sustainable?

The European Union’s Commission, Parliament, and Council have had one issue on their minds lately: the economy. As the economic crisis continues, and worsens in some Member States, few EU matters can be discussed without mention of our financial woes.

How to Switch from Jobless Growth to Growthless Jobs? A Citizen’s Controversy Debate.

Europe is struggling. Since 2008 the European Union and its twenty-seven Member State governments have been under ever-increasing pressure to pull the continent out of its economic slump. Alongside this there have been endless remedies for how exactly this can

How to Switch from Jobless Growth to Growthless Jobs? A Citizen’s Controversy Debate.

Europe is struggling. Since 2008 the European Union and its twenty-seven Member State governments have been under ever-increasing pressure to pull the continent out of its economic slump. Alongside this there have been endless remedies for how exactly this can

New Briefing Paper: Poverty, Inequality and Climate Change – Challenges on the road to sustainable energy security, in Europe and beyond

QCEA’s conception of Sustainable Energy Security involves social, economic and ecological sustainability. It also recognizes that promoting the EU’s short term energy security, at any cost, will undermine its long time security in all senses: by further marginalizing the global

New Briefing Paper: Poverty, Inequality and Climate Change – Challenges on the road to sustainable energy security, in Europe and beyond

QCEA’s conception of Sustainable Energy Security involves social, economic and ecological sustainability. It also recognizes that promoting the EU’s short term energy security, at any cost, will undermine its long time security in all senses: by further marginalizing the global

Neo-liberal growth-based economics: Bad for the climate, great for inequality?

In QCEA’s recent discussion paper, “Sustainable Growth or Growth vs. Sustainability – Examining the relationships between resource use, climate emissions and economic growth”, the purpose of economic growth is questioned. One of the core assumptions of the neo-liberal free market

Neo-liberal growth-based economics: Bad for the climate, great for inequality?

In QCEA’s recent discussion paper, “Sustainable Growth or Growth vs. Sustainability – Examining the relationships between resource use, climate emissions and economic growth”, the purpose of economic growth is questioned. One of the core assumptions of the neo-liberal free market

New Discussion Paper: Sustainable Growth or Growth vs. Sustainability

QCEA has just published a discussion paper which examines the relationships between resource use, climate emissions and economic growth. “Sustainable Growth or Growth vs. Sustainability” is intended to stimulate discussion and debate on how our economic system relates  to the

New Discussion Paper: Sustainable Growth or Growth vs. Sustainability

QCEA has just published a discussion paper which examines the relationships between resource use, climate emissions and economic growth. “Sustainable Growth or Growth vs. Sustainability” is intended to stimulate discussion and debate on how our economic system relates  to the

Sustainable Consumption and Production

The most powerful message I took away from Green Week was the resounding call to policy makers to be ambitious! With every new environmentally-led policy proposal from the Commission – be it fuel efficiency standards in the auto-industry or more

Sustainable Consumption and Production

The most powerful message I took away from Green Week was the resounding call to policy makers to be ambitious! With every new environmentally-led policy proposal from the Commission – be it fuel efficiency standards in the auto-industry or more

De-coupling and the Rebound Effect

This post looks at two more of the themes that this year’s Green Week explored; decoupling growth from resource use and the rebound effect, when efficiency increases are offset by consequent increases in consumption. De-coupling The United Nations Environment Programme’s

De-coupling and the Rebound Effect

This post looks at two more of the themes that this year’s Green Week explored; decoupling growth from resource use and the rebound effect, when efficiency increases are offset by consequent increases in consumption. De-coupling The United Nations Environment Programme’s