Change only through crisis? Reflections on strategies for paradigm shift in an age of coronavirus and environmental breakdown (Forum for a New Economy)

1st December 2020 The emergency measures undertaken in response to the COIVD-19 pandemic constitute an unprecedented break from the norms and practice of the prevailing political-economic paradigm—the predominant set of economic theory, policies and narratives. Public health has always been a major driver of changes in political economy because it is a systems-focused approach, providingContinue reading “Change only through crisis? Reflections on strategies for paradigm shift in an age of coronavirus and environmental breakdown (Forum for a New Economy)”

A new politics for the era of environmental breakdown (IPPR)

7th October 2020 Environmental breakdown is accelerating and poses an unprecedented threat to our political system. This system is a key enabler of environmental breakdown, the major drivers of which include chronic short-termism, a failure to recognise and act on systemic problems, and a failure to integrate environmental concerns throughout policy. This challenge comes atContinue reading “A new politics for the era of environmental breakdown (IPPR)”

We are not ready: Policymaking in the age of environmental breakdown – Final report (IPPR)

24th June 2020 Environmental breakdown is the defining challenge of our time. This is the final report of a major research programme – responding to environmental breakdown – investigating the implications of the global environmental crisis for politics and policymaking. A new approach to policymaking is needed. In response, this paper defines overall conditions forContinue reading “We are not ready: Policymaking in the age of environmental breakdown – Final report (IPPR)”

The Gradual Encroachment of Ideas: Lessons from the paradigm shift to embedded liberalism (Forum for a New Economy)

5th May 2020 Elements of the shift to embedded liberalism are of interest for those seeking to understand how political-economic paradigms shift or to precipitate such a shift today. Two policy programmes were particularly important: structural reform of the global financial system, manifest in the creation of the Bretton Woods system; and a shift inContinue reading “The Gradual Encroachment of Ideas: Lessons from the paradigm shift to embedded liberalism (Forum for a New Economy)”

Our responsibility: A new model of international cooperation for the era of environmental breakdown (IPPR)

22nd November 2019 Environmental breakdown is accelerating and poses an unprecedented threat to international cooperation. A new positive-sum model of international cooperation is needed, which should seek to realise a more sustainable, just and prepared world.  This necessarily requires communities and countries to better recognise their cumulative contribution to environmental breakdown, and their current capabilityContinue reading “Our responsibility: A new model of international cooperation for the era of environmental breakdown (IPPR)”

Inheriting the Earth? The unprecedented challenge of environmental breakdown for younger generations (IPPR)

17th September 2019 Younger generations, in addition to being economically worse off than their parents, face a future of unprecedented environmental breakdown. They will disproportionately bear the burden of having to rapidly transform economic systems in order to decelerate environmental breakdown while withstanding its increasingly destabilising consequences; an unprecedented challenge. Leaders in older generations are failingContinue reading “Inheriting the Earth? The unprecedented challenge of environmental breakdown for younger generations (IPPR)”

The Times They Are A-Changing? Exploring the potential shift away from the neoliberal political-economic paradigm (Forum for a New Economy)

5th August 2019 Modern economic history can be roughly split into different eras in which certain sets of ideas dominate politics and policy-making. This paper – co-authored with Laurie Macfarlane and Michael Jacobs – seeks to understand if a shift in the ‘political- economic paradigm’ is currently under way by inspecting the state of debatesContinue reading “The Times They Are A-Changing? Exploring the potential shift away from the neoliberal political-economic paradigm (Forum for a New Economy)”

Facing the crisis: Rethinking economics for the age of environmental breakdown (IPPR)

1st August 2019 The current economic model in countries around the world drives environmental breakdown, and many of its underpinning assumptions, policies and narratives act as barriers to change. A new model is needed to rapidly create societies that are more sustainable, just and prepared: bringing human activity to within environmentally sustainable limits while narrowingContinue reading “Facing the crisis: Rethinking economics for the age of environmental breakdown (IPPR)”

This is a crisis: Facing up to the age of environmental breakdown (IPPR)

12th February 2019 Mainstream political and policy debates have failed to recognise that human impacts on the environment have reached a critical stage, potentially eroding the conditions upon which socioeconomic stability is possible. The historical disregard of environmental considerations in most areas of policy has been a catastrophic mistake. In response, this IPPR paper – theContinue reading “This is a crisis: Facing up to the age of environmental breakdown (IPPR)”