The book analyzes the relationship between globalization and sustainable development. It presents analysis of the relationship between social and environmental conditions of sustainability. It explores the interaction between history of facts (globalization since the industrial revolution) and history of ideas (liberalism since Adam Smith). It focuses on generally neglected aspects such as health and social corporate responsibility.
This book examines how consistent the post-war process of globalization has been with the basic requisites of sustainable development. It argues that the polarization of public opinion into support of either globalization or sustainable development has not helped an understanding of the issues, and that the confrontation should be abandoned.
Preface; Introductory Remarks: Definitions, Preview, Foundations; Inequality, Poverty and the Kuznets Curve; Sustainability Conditions and the Environmental Kuznets Curve; Sustainable Development, Global Warming and Energy Trends; Inequality, Health and the Environment; The 'New' Globalization; The Sustainable Firm: Long Run Performance and Corporate Social Responsibility; Liberalism, Perfect Competition and Real Markets; Concluding Remarks: The Argument in a Nutshell, its Policy Implications and the Liberal Dilemma.
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ALESSANDRO VERCELLI is Full Professor of Economics at the University of Siena. He is Vice President of the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association. He is author and editor of several books and articles in the fields of economic policy, economic methodology, cycle theory and environmental economics.
SIMONE BORGHESI is Assistant Professor at the University of Pescara. He has worked at the International Monetary Fund, Washington, and at the Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei, Milan. He is author of several articles in the fields of international, development and environmental economics.