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Main Title Prosperity without growth : economics for a finite planet /
Author Jackson, Tim,
Publisher Earthscan,
Year Published 2011
OCLC Number 698361248
ISBN 9781849713238; 1849713235
Subjects Sustainable development ; Economic development ; Globalisierung--(DE-588)4557997-0 ; ECONOMIC GROWTH ; WEALTH
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EIAM  HC79.E5J298 2011 Region 2 Library/New York,NY 10/28/2019
Edition Pbk. ed.
Collation xii, 276 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-253) and index.
Contents Notes
Prosperity lost -- The age of irresponsiblity -- Redefining prosperity -- The dilemma of growth -- The myth of decoupling -- Confronting structure -- Keynesianism and the 'green new deal' -- Macro-economics for sustainability -- Flourishing -- within limits -- Governance for prosperity -- The transition to a sustainable economy -- A lasting prosperity. Is more economic growth the solution? Will it deliver prosperity and well-being for a global population projected to reach nine billion? In this explosive book, Tim Jackson, a top sustainability adviser to the UK government, makes a compelling case against continued economic growth in developed nations. No one denies that development is essential for poorer nations. But in the advanced economies there is mounting evidence that ever-increasing consumption adds little to human happiness and may even impede it. More urgently, it is now clear that the ecosystems that sustain our economies are collapsing under the impacts of rising consumption. Unless we can radically lower the environmental impact of economic activity - and there is no evidence to suggest that we can - we will have to devise a path to prosperity that does not rely on continued growth. Economic heresy? Or an opportunity to improve the sources of well-being, creativity and lasting prosperity that lie outside the realm of the market? Tim Jackson provides a credible vision of how human society can flourish within the ecological limits of a finite planet. Fulfilling this vision is simply the most urgent task of our times.