Lorenzo Fioramonti is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Pretoria, where he directs the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation. He is also Senior Fellow at the Centre for Social Investment of the University of Heidelberg and at the Hertie School of Governance, and Associate Fellow at the United Nations University. He is the author of over 50 scientific articles and eight books. His most recent books are How Numbers Rule the World: The Use and Abuse of Statistics in Global Politics and Gross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind the World’s Most Powerful Number. Both books deal with the political interests behind economic statistics and the GDP ideology. He is the founder of the Action Research Network for a Wellbeing Economy in Africa (WE-Africa).

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The UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an unprecedented step forward.1 Unlike the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which they replace, they apply to all countries and represent universal goals and targets that articulate the need and opportunity for the global community to build a sustainable and desirable …

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For the past century, most societies have adopted a narrow definition of economic growth as the route to development. Growth has become an end in itself, as a result of which, the true meaning of development has been lost. Rather than an end goal, development should be viewed as a process towards an improved state […]

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