Citizen Action Monitor

Tim Jackson is blunt. Our situation is dire: “Society is faced with a profound dilemma.”

In his final chapter, he recaps key arguments and explains the critical importance of achieving prosperity without growth. No 2147 Posted by fw, January 18, 2018 To access all other … Continue reading

January 18, 2018

Tim Jackson outlines four broad policy themes for a post-growth society

He underscores the importance of input from constituents in the process of government policymaking. No 2145 Posted by fw, January 17, 2018 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without … Continue reading

January 17, 2018

Government is caught in a “dilemma of growth” – It’s time to move beyond this conflicted state, says Jackson

A half-century of the governmentality of growth has come at the expense of policies for the common good. No 2144 Posted by fw, January 15, 2018 To access all other … Continue reading

January 15, 2018

“Governmentality” – the way governments try to produce citizens best suited to fulfill their own policies

Decades of neoliberal regimes have practiced the unsustainable, ecologically destructive, governmentality of growth. No 2143 Posted by fw, January 14, 2018 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, … Continue reading

January 14, 2018

Jackson builds a case for government as a “commitment device” to escape the “iron cage of consumerism’”

But will our selfish pursuit of affluence continue to erode and undermine government’s role as a commitment device? No 2142 Posted by fw, January 13, 2017 To access all other … Continue reading

January 13, 2018

Towards an understanding of “common pool resources” and the state’s role in supporting the common good

“Common pool resources” consist of natural or human-made systems, such as forests, water, the atmosphere and irrigation systems. No 2139 Posted by fw, January 8, 2018 To access all other … Continue reading

January 8, 2018

In response to the 2008 financial crisis, the protective role of the state privileged powerful corporations

Ordinary citizens now perceive the state as corrupted by private interests and impotent to act in the public interest. No 2138 Posted by fw, January 7, 2018 To access all … Continue reading

January 7, 2018

Faced with “a captured, powerless, inefficient government’, Jackson explores a new role for the state

Can we envision a new role for government, one suited to thrive in a resource-constrained, warming world? No 2135 Posted by fw, January 4, 2018 To access all other synopses … Continue reading

January 4, 2018

“The time is now for a mass movement of people saying ‘We want something different.’”

“We actually know what we need to do; it’s a question of how we do it.” – Stewart Wallis No 2134 Posted by fw, January 3, 2018 “The time is … Continue reading

January 3, 2018

What’s wrong with capitalism? — A 2:18-minute video explains how capitalism is killing us

Either we evolve beyond capitalism or we won’t have a future. No 2126 Posted by fw, December 16, 2017 “Our leaders will tell us that these ideas [to dethrone capitalism] … Continue reading

December 16, 2017

In his concluding section of Chapter 9, Jackson foresees the emergence of a post-growth macroeconomics

Beyond the growth dilemma, a new macroeconomics will improve “the quality of our society and the integrity of our environment.” No 2123 Posted by fw, December 13, 2017 To access … Continue reading

December 13, 2017

Government has a vital stabilizing role to play during a transition to a post-growth economy, says Jackson

“The principle of increasing government public spending when output falls and reducing public spending when output rises proved remarkably robust.” No 2122 Posted by fw, December 12, 2017 To access … Continue reading

December 12, 2017

Tim Jackson and Peter Victor successfully challenge the conjecture that credit creates a “growth imperative”

And another argument against a post-growth economics turns out to be false. No 2121 Posted by fw, December 12, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click … Continue reading

December 12, 2017

Tim Jackson and Peter Victor find a flaw in Thomas Piketty’s “algebra of inequality” thesis

“What we found was fascinating,” says Jackson, leading to fertile ground for degrowth. No 2120 Posted by fw, December 11, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, … Continue reading

December 11, 2017

What to do when demand stagnates, unemployment rises, and social instability follows?

Jackson suggests a transition to services offers a more ‘holistic’ solution to unemployment in a low-growth economy. No 2119 Posted by fw, December 10, 2017 To access all other synopses … Continue reading

December 10, 2017

A shift towards the services sector of the economy heralds a considerably slower rate of economic growth

In fact, says Tim Jackson, “we may already be heading towards a stationary or quasi-stationary state” of growth. No 2118 Posted by fw, December 9, 2017 To access all other … Continue reading

December 9, 2017

“Does sustainable investment increase or diminish growth?” asks Tim Jackson

But does his burst of “economese” muddy the waters of Jackson’s answer? No 2117 Posted by fw, December 8, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click … Continue reading

December 8, 2017

Two givens: First, “We must reduce in absolute terms the material throughput of the economy”

Second: “Some things within the economy must continue to grow.” No 2116 Posted by fw, December 7, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click on the … Continue reading

December 7, 2017

Can eco-modernists provide an escape route from the “dilemma of growth?”

Tim Jackson critiques their proposed decoupling solution and concludes it would only work for angels. No 2115 Posted by fw, December 6, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity … Continue reading

December 6, 2017