Dethroning growth from the central role in policymaking is not the same as arguing for no growth. Increased GDP and income can play an important role in laying the foundations of wellbeing: infrastructure, health and education. It can also help to ensure sustainability through the generation of funds for investment in green technologies. GDP growth would become one of many indicators that might contribute to sustainable worthwhile lives - in the right form, under the right circumstances.
What is needed now is a clear political consensus around wellbeing, choice and sustainability as the primary goals of the economy and society and the creation of a system of governance that promotes them.
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.