Beyond Growth

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1997-08-14
  • Publisher: Beacon Press

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Named one of a hundred "visionaries who could change your life" by the Utne Reader, Herman Daly has probably been the most prominent advocate of the need for a change in economic thinking in response to environmental crisis. An iconoclast economis t who has worked as a renegade insider at the World Bank in recent years, Daly has argued for overturning some basic economic assumptions. He has won a wide and growing reputation among a wide array of environmentalists, inside and outside the academy. In a book that will generate controversy, Daly turns his attention to the major environmental debate surrounding "sustainable development." Daly argues that the idea of sustainable development--which has become a catchword of environmentalism and international finance--is being used in ways that are vacuous, certainly wrong, and probably dangerous. The necessary solutions turn out to be muc h more radical than people suppose. This is a crucial updating of a major economist's work, and mandatory reading for people engaged in the debates about the environment. "Daly is turning economics inside out by putting the earth and its diminishing natural resources at the center of the field . . . a kind of reverse Copernican revolution in economics." --Utne Reader

Author Biography

Herman Daly is professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs. He worked for several years at the World Bank. He is co-author of the influential For the Common Good, among other books.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Shape of Current Thought on Sustainable Developmentp. 1
Moving to a Steady-State Economyp. 31
Elements of Environmental Macroeconomicsp. 45
Consumption: Value Added, Physical Transformation, and Welfarep. 61
Operationalizing Sustainable Development by Investing in Natural Capitalp. 75
Fostering Environmentally Sustainable Development: Four Parting Suggestions for the World Bankp. 88
Toward a Measure of Sustainable Net National Productp. 99
On Sustainable Development and National Accountsp. 103
Carrying Capacity as a Tool of Development Policy: The Ecuadoran Amazon and the Paraguayan Chacop. 121
Marx and Malthus in Northeast Brazil: A Note on the World's Largest Class Difference in Fertility and Its Recent Trendsp. 129
Free Trade and Globalization vs. Environment and Communityp. 145
From Adjustment to Sustainable Development: The Obstacle of Free Tradep. 158
The Economic Thought of Frederick Soddyp. 173
On Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen's Contributions to Economics: An Obituary Essayp. 191
A Biblical Economic Principle and the Sustainable Economyp. 205
Sustainable Development: From Religious Insight to Ethical Principle to Public Policyp. 216
Notesp. 225
References Cited in Textp. 241
Indexp. 246
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