It is now being suggested that proponents of pro-growth policies are gaining the upper hand against the austerity advocates in Europe and elsewhere. But proponents of "growth" policies need to be careful. The problem we need to address is not a "growth" problem per se but one of a deficiency of aggregate demand. As I noted in this earlier post, in the context of the Scottish economy, the problem:
is a deficiency of overall demand for goods and services and hence jobs in the Scottish economy given the available quantity and quality of resources of the current workforce and the stock of plant, machinery and buildings. ..... the problem is not about "growth" in the strict sense of the term. Growth and growth policy is about increasing the quantity and quality of available resources in the Scottish economy. This is what economists call the 'supply potential' or 'supply capacity' of the economy. The current problem is not supply potential. There is plenty of that. .... (M)any of the criticisms made of the Scottish government and much of the response from the Scottish government are about policies that might improve the long-term supply potential or 'growth' of the economy. They are not about ways of improving the utilisation of existing capacity.
Advocates of "growth" policies in the present juncture need to watch their language.