Last month on Radio 4 we heard from several voices challenging the status quo:
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One of these voices is challenging how orthodox economics sees itself:
Doughnut | Kate Raworth
George Monbiot of the Guardian is impressed:
Finally, a breakthrough alternative to growth economics – the doughnut | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian
As is the World Bank:
Review of Doughnut Economics – a new book you will need to know about | People, Spaces, Deliberation
But Richard Toye of the Observer is less so:
To the extent that Raworth has a political programme it is about changing the language in which we discuss economics. Of course she is right to protest about the narrow ways in which the discipline is framed; of course it is true that the media predominantly casts the issues in ways that play to a neoliberal agenda; and of course rightwing politicians often skew arguments by labelling tax cuts as “tax reform”. But although language is important, there is a risk that overstating its power might lead us to neglect certain fundamental economic interests and desires. “Change one word and you can subtly but deeply change attitudes and behaviour,” Raworth tells us. Perhaps, but is that new word “doughnut”? There just might be a hole in the argument.
Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth review – forget growth, think survival | Books | The Guardian