chapter  9
Towards a ‘post-growth’ macroeconomics
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There’s something distinctly odd about our contemporary refusal to question economic growth. As early as 1848, John Stuart Mill, one of the founders of classical economics, reected on the advantages of a ‘stationary state of population and capital’. He insisted that there would be ‘as much scope as ever for all kinds of mental culture, and moral and social progress’ within such a state.2