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Prosperity without Growth : Economics for a Finite Planet

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9781849713238

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1849713235
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Pub. Date:
6/27/2011
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Taylor & Francis
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Prosperity without Growthchallenges the embedded, unquestioned assumptions of the global policy of growth and shows that it is necessary#xE2;#xAC;#x1D;and possible#xE2;#xAC;#x1D;to have increased and widespread prosperity without economic growth. The modern economy is reliant on economic growth for stability. When growth falters, politicians panic, businesses fail, people lose jobs, and recession looms. Tim Jackson argues, however, that continual growth is just not possible, not sustainable#xE2;#xAC;#x1D;to believe so is ignoring our knowledge of the finite resource base and fragile ecology in which we live. The book starts with a compelling analysis of the consequences#xE2;#xAC;#x1D;for the planet and for people#xE2;#xAC;"s wellbeing#xE2;#xAC;#x1D;of the relentless pursuit of economic growth and material goods. It illustrates why a return to business as usual after the current financial crisis is not an option. Prosperity for a few founded on ecological destruction and persistent social injustice is no foundation for a civilized society. The current economic crisis presents a unique opportunity to invest in change and a future that delivers lasting prosperity for the predicted 9 billion people who will inhabit the earth in 2050. The author#xE2;#xAC;#x1D;a leading expert and advisor to the UK government#xE2;#xAC;#x1D;concludes by outlining pathways towards a sustainable economy. It involves radically changing our #xE2;#xAC;Sshop until you drop#xE2;#xAC; mentality, as well as engaging other disruptive economic practices. Jackson doesn#xE2;#xAC;"t claim this will be easy, but points out that while action is urgent, it is possible. The book opens up dialogue on the most urgent task of our times#xE2;#xAC;#x1D;the challenge of a new prosperity encompassing our ability to flourish as human beings#xE2;#xAC;#x1D;within the ecological limits of a finite planet.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Foreword by HRH The Prince of Walesp. xi
Prosperity Lostp. 1
The Age of Irresponsibilityp. 17
Redefining prosperityp. 35
The Dilemma of Growthp. 49
The Myth of Decouplingp. 67
The 'Iron Cage' of Consumerismp. 87
Keynesianism and the 'Green New DealĘp. 103
Ecological Macro-economicsp. 121
Flourishing - Within Limitsp. 143
Governance for Prosperityp. 157
The Transition to a Sustainable Economyp. 171
A Lasting Prosperityp. 187
Appendicesp. 205
List of Figures, Tables and Boxesp. 217
List of Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. 219
Notesp. 241
Referencesp. 255
Further Commentary by Herman E. Daly, Bill McKibben, Mary Robinson and Pavan Sukhdevp. 267
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