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About Andrew Simms

Andrew Simms is policy director and head of the climate-change forum at the New Economics Foundation (nef).

Articles by Andrew Simms

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The cracks begin to show: a review of the UK economy in 2015 (part two)

Thus, the ultra-flexible UK labour market (“with employers in the driving seat”, in the government’s own charming words) – to be enhanced by the repressive new Trade Union Act – has had the effect of causing productivity to fall. Read part one here.

The cracks begin to show: a review of the UK economy in 2015 (part one)

On the first day of 2016 trading the FTSE 500 index nosedived. This surprised perennially optimistic business commentators, but will not surprise those who read the EREP review of the UK economy in 2015. Read part two here.

Andrew Simms

Suddenly we realized that cooperation rather than competition was a more effective strategy to survive and thrive in a world where our life-supporting ecosystems had fuzzy but ultimately non-negotiable limits. In challenges like climate change those limits were looming large into view. That meant we needed ways to govern that were inclusive and good at resolving conflicting needs and freedoms. Pluralist forms of democracy, which still didn’t avoid the need for hard choices, were simply better than anything else.

The climate-change choice

The Stern review on the economics of climate change is a "flawed masterpiece" that avoids the crucial questions about saving the planet, says Andrew Simms of the New Economics Foundation.

Capitalism, the environment, and sustainable development: replies to Jonathon Porritt

A new book by the pioneering green campaigner Jonathon Porritt, “Capitalism As If the World Matters”, calls on environmentalists to create a politics of sustainability that accepts the reality of capitalism. Environmental thinkers and activists from a variety of perspectives respond.

Ecological debt and climate change

Living within one’s resources is the first lesson of mainstream economics. What if we applied the same lesson to the global household?

The accidental internationalists

For this proponent of a radical reform of the world’s economic and political relationships, the defence of globalisation by its privileged partisans is deeply unconvincing. The fruits of the process - unfree trade, unequal rules, unsustainable poverty and destructive climate change - make a fresh model, of local empowerment and planned internationalism, long overdue.
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