The No Growth Society

  • Filename: the-no-growth-society.
  • ISBN: 9781134722266
  • Release Date: 2013-08-21
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Mancur Olsen
  • Publisher: Routledge



First Published in 1975. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

No Growth Society Pb

  • Filename: no-growth-society-pb.
  • ISBN: 9781136226625
  • Release Date: 2012-10-12
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: M Olson
  • Publisher: Routledge



‘Two policy proposals are particularly notable and owe nothing to the long-standing controversies between left and right. Rather, they suggest new perceptions of reality and a changing sense of values. They are thoroughly radical and indeed subversive since they attack two fundamental features of modern society: its tendency to exponential growth and its assumption of continuous progress. The two proposals are zero economic growth and zero population growth... Quite apart from the question of the desirability of a no-growth society, or even the possibility that it may even be a necessity, what properties should it have? How would its social, political and economic systems function? What would people be like in such a society? What sort of culture or ‘consciousness’ would be appropriate in it?... A careful examination of the no-growth proposals helps to reveal a number of the most fundamental failings and fears of modern life...’ From the Introduction

Farewell to Growth

  • Filename: farewell-to-growth.
  • ISBN: 9780745646176
  • Release Date: 2009
  • Number of pages: 124
  • Author: Serge Latouche
  • Publisher: Polity



Most of us who live in the North and the West consume far too much – too much meat, too much fat, too much sugar, too much salt. We are more likely to put on too much weight than to go hungry. We live in a society that is heading for a crash. We are aware of what is happening and yet we refuse to take it fully into account. Above all we refuse to address the issue that lies at the heart of our problems – namely, the fact that our societies are based on an economy whose only goal is growth for growth’s sake. Serge Latouche argues that we need to rethink from the very foundations the idea that our societies should be based on growth. He offers a radical alternative – a society of ‘de-growth’. De-growth is not the same thing as negative growth. We should be talking about ‘a-growth’, in the sense in which we speak of ‘a-theism’. And we do indeed have to abandon a faith or religion – that of the economy, progress and development—and reject the irrational and quasi-idolatrous cult of growth for growth’s sake. While many realize that that the never-ending pursuit of growth is incompatible with a finite planet, we have yet to come to terms with the implications of this – the need to produce less and consume less. But if we do not change course, we are heading for an ecological and human disaster. There is still time to imagine, quite calmly, a system based upon a different logic, and to plan for a ‘de-growth society’.

The No growth Imperative

  • Filename: the-no-growth-imperative.
  • ISBN: 9780415630146
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Number of pages: 233
  • Author: Gabor Zovanyi
  • Publisher: Routledge



Mounting evidence reveals that the existing scale of human enterprise has already surpassed global ecological limits to growth. This ecological reality clearly counteracts the possibility of continued exponential growth in the twenty-first century. In the absence of international, national, or state initiatives to implement a no-growth imperative founded on ecological limits, this book takes the position that local communities have an obligation to take the lead in promoting a new politics of sustainability directed at recognizing and...

The Immorality of Limiting Growth

  • Filename: the-immorality-of-limiting-growth.
  • ISBN: 0873954793
  • Release Date: 1981-01-01
  • Number of pages: 186
  • Author: Edward Walter
  • Publisher: SUNY Press



The Industrial Age has ended, according to “no-growth futurism,” because the finitude of the earth has been reached. Its proponents maintain that technological innovation cannot save industrial society because of pollution, over population, and inflation. They call for a transformed society in which productivity, pollution, and population growth are strictly controlled. This volume emphatically challenges the no-growth viewpoint on both philosophical and empirical grounds. In it, Edward Walter demonstrates that the interests of those who are socially deprived cannot be fulfilled in a “steady-state” because the privileged classes are able to use their power to prevent redistribution of wealth and to retain their advantages. Far from equating technology with pollution and the depletion of natural resources, Walter sees it as the means by which resource shortages can be overcome and pollution control can be achieved. He describes and recommends an “essential liberalism,” that could provide economic development to all classes in a spirit of international cooperation—without necessitating the transformation of human nature and political institutions.

Europe and the Spectre of Post Growth Society

  • Filename: europe-and-the-spectre-of-post-growth-society.
  • ISBN: 9789287178664
  • Release Date: 2014-05-30
  • Number of pages: 91
  • Author: Piotr A. Świtalski
  • Publisher: Council of Europe



Europe has been going through its most serious crisis of values since the fall of communism. In public discourse, economic and social pressures have overshadowed the other dimensions of the crisis, including societal values. However, the crisis of values would appear to be more than simply an effect of the recession. Europeans have lost trust in democratic institutions at all levels: European, national and local. Rising xenophobia and discrimination against minorities undermine the vitality of the European model of tolerance. Europe is plagued by endemic corruption which costs it more than €100 billion annually, triggering political instability. Some believe that once Europe is back on the path of growth the crisis of values will disappear, and that there will be a resurgence of faith in European integration. But in the long term, growth in Western societies may be impaired by serious “headwinds” resulting from demographic trends and rising inequalities, and Europe may become the first post-growth society. European societies are already changing their traditional characteristics as a result of exposure to the effects of two global mega-trends: the empowerment of the individual and cosmopolitisation. Can the European project be of relevance when addressing these challenges? What role in this process can be played by the Council of Europe, which is the embodiment of the idea that Europe is big-ger than the European Union and the European agenda is richer than the economy and politics?

Creating a Learning Society

  • Filename: creating-a-learning-society.
  • ISBN: 9780231540629
  • Release Date: 2015-10-13
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Joseph E. Stiglitz
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press



Creating a Learning Society explains how the countries of the world went from centuries of stagnation to the enormous increases in standards of living that have marked the last two hundred and fifty years: they have learned how to learn. Yet, as Stiglitz and Greenwald make clear, markets wonÕt succeed on their own in creating the learning society that we need. Achieving this requires good governmental policy in a variety of areas, including trade, industry, and intellectual property. Indeed, the central thesis of this book is that every policyÑtax, regulation, and expenditureÑaffects learning, and that policymakers have been remiss in ignoring this. Some policies, such as the Washington Consensus policies foisted on developing countries by the World Bank and IMF, actually impede learning. In advanced and developing countries alike, Creating a Learning Society has had a remarkable reception. Governments in Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey, Jordan, and South Africa have signaled strong support for its policies, and a Dutch think tank closely allied with the government released a blueprint for creating a learning economy. This streamlined edition, intended for everyone from scholars to general readers, omits the original bookÕs complicated mathematical equations and, in accessible language, focuses on its central messages and policy prescriptions.

Growth Fetish

  • Filename: growth-fetish.
  • ISBN: 1741140781
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 262
  • Author: Clive Hamilton
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin



At last a coherent new set of ideas for critics of economic rationalism and globalisation. Hamilton argues that an obsession with economic growth lies at the heart of our current political, social and environmental ills - and offers a thought-provoking alternative.

The Schizophrenic Society

  • Filename: the-schizophrenic-society.
  • ISBN: 9781460250600
  • Release Date: 2015-03-03
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Roger Boyd
  • Publisher: FriesenPress



Why does humanity seem unable to step off its unsustainable path, even with so many direct symptoms - from climate change to ecological destruction and peak resources - becoming more and more apparent? Striving to answer this question, The Schizophrenic Society marshals many different insights from such areas as history, sociology, politics, philosophy, psychology, economics, and anthropology. The resulting story is an important one that exposes both human and societal shortcomings when grappling with the fundamental issue that we're faced with: the continued growth in humanity's claims upon Earth's finite resources. In plain language, the author takes us on a journey, back to the dawn of agriculture and complex societies, and demonstrates how, over time, humanity has built up a set of delusional beliefs about its ability to control the natural world - of which it is an integral part. He explains how the recent exploitation of fossil fuels has provided a last hurrah for human civilization and its delusional beliefs, and then goes on to challenge the faulty logic of the new religion of Economics, which derides anyone who questions the possibility of infinite growth on a finite planet. Boyd then takes us into the future, where he shows us what life will look like if humanity maintains its current path, succumbing to modern media's continuous push for consumption. He warns us that change will not be easy; that the rich and powerful benefit in the short term from the status quo, and that to expect them to readily adopt changes that will reduce their wealth and power for the good of the whole, is naive.

Ecological Public Health

  • Filename: ecological-public-health.
  • ISBN: 9781136482717
  • Release Date: 2013-06-19
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Geof Rayner
  • Publisher: Routledge



"What is public health? To some, it is about the infrastructure for health - drains, water, food, housing. These require engineering and expert management. To others, it's about the State using medicine or health education to prevent the public harming itself through poor lifestyles. This book, part historical, part prospective, argues that public health needs an overhaul. It should return to and modernize itself around ecological principles. Ecological public health thinking addresses what are described as four levels of existence: the material, biological, social and cognitive worlds. The long tradition of public health has always been reactive, responding to and transforming the relationship between people, their circumstances and the biological world of nature and bodies. The authors show how twenty-first century public health is being shaped by a number of long-term transitions, some long recognized, others not. These transitions are demographic, epidemiological, urban, energy, economic, nutrition, biological, cultural and democracy itself. Facing them all is required if the health of people and the planet are to be integrated. Ecological public health thinking, the authors argue, has been marginalized partly because it has lacked clear analysis, and partly because of the scale and complexity of the issues which need to be addressed. Public health thinking has partly lost its way because it has been subsumed into the problems rather than championing solutions. Often linked to the State, it has adapted to consumerism rather than championing citizenship. Returning to ecological public health requires stronger and more daring combinations of interdisciplinary work, movements and professions, and a reinvigoration of institutional purpose"--Provided by publisher.

The No growth Imperative

  • Filename: the-no-growth-imperative.
  • ISBN: 9780415630146
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Number of pages: 233
  • Author: Gabor Zovanyi
  • Publisher: Routledge



Mounting evidence reveals that the existing scale of human enterprise has already surpassed global ecological limits to growth. This ecological reality clearly counteracts the possibility of continued exponential growth in the twenty-first century. In the absence of international, national, or state initiatives to implement a no-growth imperative founded on ecological limits, this book takes the position that local communities have an obligation to take the lead in promoting a new politics of sustainability directed at recognizing and...

Health Ecology

  • Filename: health-ecology.
  • ISBN: 0415154464
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Number of pages: 276
  • Author: Murtaz̤á Hunarī
  • Publisher: Psychology Press



This ground-breaking study offers new challenges to those teaching, studying or developing strategies and policies in health and the environment.Bringing together a variety of approaches from different perspectives and different locations, the contributors examine the various dimensions of health ecology in a human ecology framework, examining how local, regional and global factors impinge upon the health and environment of individuals, communities and the globe.

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