Facilitating the transition to a steady-state economy: Some macroeconomic fundamentals

Philip Lawn

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    Central government policy is based on a misguided understanding of the macroeconomics of a modern, fiat-currency economy. As the owner/issuer of a nation's currency, a central government has unlimited spending power. Moreover, taxation exists as nothing more than a means by which a central government can destroy the spending power of the private sector. In the process of outlining some of the policies required to facilitate the transition to a steady-state economy, this paper does not recommend that central governments should spend wildly and irresponsibly. To the contrary, this paper explains how a central government can use its unique spending and taxation powers in a disciplined and policy-effective manner, yet in a manner that is being largely overlooked.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)931-936
    Number of pages6
    JournalEcological Economics
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2010


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