Whose economy? Reading to reframe our new economic reality

The UK government thinks only about restarting the economy as fast as possible. But there has never been a better time for thinking about alternative takes on the economy. Soundings editor Sally Davison looks back at Soundings articles that have argued for completely different starting points in thinking about economics. All of these articles are free to view on our website. 

Photo: Luca Sbardella

Vocabularies of the economy
Doreen Massey

This seminal article discusses how language shapes the way we think about the economy – and argues that we need to challenge terms regarded as common sense in economic thinking – such as the need for ‘growth’ or the idea that markets are natural.
Soundings Issue 54 (also part of After Neoliberalism? The Kilburn Manifesto)

Whose economy? Reframing the debate
Doreen Massey and Michael Rustin

This article asks the question: what is the economy for? The answers it offers include securing the well-being of all and nourishing the environment, as opposed, for example, to prioritising profit and rent-seeking.
Soundings Issue 57 (also part of After Neoliberalism? Kilburn Manifesto)

Economics as if people mattered
Andrea Westall

An exploration of alternative resources for economics, arguing that we need to move away from the limited agendas of traditional economics.
Soundings Issue 30

Human happiness and the stationary state
David Purdy

A call for capitalism to bring to a halt to its reckless pursuit of growth, in the interests of future generations.
Soundings Issue 31

A feminist analysis of neoliberalism and austerity policies in the UK
Ruth Pearson

Economic decisions - such as where investment is increased and or withdrawn, which services will flourish and which will be run down, whose living standards will be protected or boosted and whose reduced - are never gender neutral.
Soundings Issue 71

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