Edinburgh, EH8 9SU United Kingdom
In 2008, the first Green New Deal was devised by Pettifor and a group of English economists and thinkers, but was ignored within the tumults of the financial crash. A decade later, the ideas were revived within the democratic socialists in the US, forefronted by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The Green New Deal demands a radical and urgent reversal of the current state of the global economy: including total de-carbonisation and a commitment to fairness and social justice.
In her newest book, The Case for a Green New Deal, Pettifor demonstrates the need to rethink the function of money, and how it works within the global system. How can we bail out the banks but not the planet? She encourages us to stop thinking about the imperative of economic growth—nothing grows forever. The program will be a long term project but it needs to start immediately.
Ann Pettifor’s work and writing has concentrated on sovereign, corporate and private debt and the international financial architecture. She is well known for her leadership of the Jubilee 2000 campaign, which as part of an international movement resulted ultimately in the cancellation of approximately $100bn of debt owed by the world’s poorest countries.
In 2003 she edited the New Economics Foundation’s The Real World Economic Outlook (Palgrave) with a prescient sub-title “the legacy of globalisation: debt and deflation”. In 2006 Palgrave published her book The Coming First World Debt Crisis. In 2008 she co-authored The Green New Deal and in 2010 co-authored an essay with Professor Victoria Chick: “The economic consequences of Mr. Osborne”. She is the director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME). She tweets @AnnPettifor.
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