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Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet

By: Tim Jackson

264 pages, Figs, tabs

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Paperback | Mar 2011 | #191262 | ISBN-13: 9781849713238
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Hardback | Oct 2009 | #180870 | ISBN-13: 9781844078943
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About this book

Prosperity without Growth challenges the assumption of continued economic expansion in rich countries, providing a radical re-think of embedded, unquestioned assumptions and showing it is necessary - and possible - to have increased and widespread prosperity without economic growth.

The book starts with a compelling analysis of the consequences, for the planet and for people's wellbeing, of the relentless pursuit of economic growth. 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 - a leading expert and adviser to the UK government - concludes by outlining pathways towards a sustainable economy. The book open up dialog on the most urgent task of our times - the challenge of a new prosperity encompassing our ability to flourish as human beings - within the ecological limits of a finite planet.

'Provokes official thought on the unthinkable. No small accomplishment! I hope this gets the serious attention it deserves.' Professor Herman Daly, author of Steady-State Economics and recipient of the Honorary Right Livelihood Award (Sweden's alternative to the Nobel Prize)
'This might well become as important for sustainable development as the Brundtland Report'. Paul-Marie Boulanger, Director of IDD
'In the teeth of the economic crisis, Tim Jackson has written the most important book that could possibly be written now. Economic growth may be the world's secular religion, but as Jackson eloquently describes, it is a god that is failing today - underperforming for most of the world's people and, for those of us in affluent societies, creating more problems than it is solving. It destroys the environment, fuels a ruthless international search for energy and other resources, and rests on a manufactured consumerism that is not meeting the deepest human needs. Jackson therefore calls upon us not just to restore the economy but to reinvent it, and to realize a true prosperity beyond growth. In this pathbreaking book, Jackson offers a bold agenda for system change.' James Gustave Speth, author of The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability
'This is one of the most brilliant analyses I've seen. It is a thoughtful and action-oriented masterpiece, with an eye open to how to overcome resistance to the task ahead.' Arnold Tukker, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research


Contents

Foreword
1 Prosperity Lost
2 The Age of Irresponsiblity
3 Redefining Prosperity
4 The Dilemma of Growth
5 The Myth of Decoupling
6 Confronting Structure
7 Keynesianism and the 'Green New Deal'
8 Macro-Economics for Sustainability
9 Flourishing - within Limits
10 Governance for Prosperity
11 The Transition to a Sustainable Economy
12 A Lasting Prosperity
Appendices
References
Endnotes

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Biography

Professor Tim Jackson is the Sustainable Development Commission's Economics Commissioner and adviser to Gordon Brown. He is also Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of the newly-awarded ESRC Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE).

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