Andrew Simms

The End of Old Economics and the Start of the New?

With David Boyle, Ann Pettifor, Andrew Simms, Katherine Trebeck

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Sat 19 March 2016

The End of Old Economics and the Start of the New?

With David Boyle, Ann Pettifor, Andrew Simms, Katherine Trebeck

Andrew Simms
Sat 19 March 2016,

The existing western economic model seems to be failing and dangerous, contributing to growing inequality, economic and political instability and climate change. At the same time, new economic models are emerging – both in practice, and in a revolution within the field of economics – with new ideas and programmes designed for the economy to thrive within planetary boundaries, be resilient and to share the benefits more equally.

What does this look like in theory and on the ground? What are the challenges these models face? What will it take for a shift to happen before the old model locks into irreversible environmental change, chronic instability and inescapable inequality?

Four political economists look at these questions using examples of new models from the UK and around the world. Writer and policy advisor David Boyle joins author and director of PRIME (Policy Research in Macroeconomics) Ann Pettifor; author, analyst and campaigner Andrew Simms (pictured, co-director with David Boyle of the New Weather Institute); and Katherine Trebeck, Global Research and Policy Adviser for Oxfam’s Research Team.

This is one of the events in a special weekend of activity looking at endings and beginnings (a theme which will also be part of other festival events in 2016).

It is part of Bristol800: a programme throughout 2016 marking significant anniversaries in the city and what they mean for Bristol now and into the future. Bristol800 is an initiative of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (Arts Council England, Bristol City Council and Business West).

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