We are passing through the end of an epoch, with the credit crunch perhaps best seen as the first instalment of a wider set of sustainability crises linked to climate change, water stress, food availability and dwindling energy reserves. Amidst the real damage that the ‘great disruption’ is causing to individuals and societies across the world, we can draw hope from the growing acceptance that the route out of the crisis cannot be a return to the status quo. If the last thirty years were defined as the era of ‘financialisation’, where the driving force was the focus of increasing ...


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