Economics needs you

A manifesto to diversify, decolonise and democratise

By Nicola Scott, Lucy Ambler and Joe Earle

Economics needs you

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5986-1
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £13.99
  • Published Date: December 2021
  • BIC Category: Economics, BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General, BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General, BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Education, Economics, finance, business & management / Economic theory & philosophy, Educational: Business studies & economics, Economics, finance, business & management / Economics
  • Series: Manchester Capitalism


Economics no longer works for us. It works against us.

Fighting back against the constraints and injustices inherent in orthodox economic thought and teaching are a growing number of brave and determined student activists.

Economics needs you is the voice of these activists and argues that to build sustainable economies, which serve people and the planet, we need a diverse and decolonised curriculum.

This book explores these ideas through a series of searching questions: How does the global economy currently fail people and the planet? Why has mainstream economics knowledge inadequately addressed the pressing issues of today such as systemic racism and the climate crisis? What does an economist look like and whom do they teach? How does the professional culture within economics maintain problems within the discipline and its outputs? Culminating in a call to action that provides readers with the necessary steps they can take to further embed diversifying, decolonising and democratising economics in education, society and policymaking.

If you like Doughnut Economics and The Econocracy, this is the book for you..


1 The current economic system
2 Knowledge in economics
3 People in economics
4 The culture and institutions of economics
5 Society, democracy, and economic citizenship
6 Our vision
7 How to achieve it


Nicola Scott, Research Manager at Rethinking Economics investigated the political economy of GM crops during her PhD research in Mexico/US, then published articles for Ethical Consumer about corporate social responsibility. She teaches at the University of Manchester to help social science students think critically about what they study. Nicola has been an environmental activist for 15 years.

Lucy Ambler, Researcher at Rethinking Economics and Intersectionality Advocate is a passionate feminist and a campaigner for menstrual health rights following her previous research projects in East Africa. She lives in Manchester with her boyfriend and her ever-growing book collection.

Joe Earle is Chief Executive of Economy, a charity which supports people, particularly those currently furthest from power, shape the economy to achieve what matters to them. He is a founding member of Rethinking Economics and a member of the Foundational Economy Collective.

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