Managing Without Growth
Slower by Design, Not Disaster
Peter A. Victor, Professor in Environmental Studies, York University, CanadaWinner of the 2011 Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize
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Peter Victor challenges the priority that rich countries continue to give to economic growth as an over-arching objective of economic policy. The challenge is based on a critical analysis of the literature on environmental and resource limits to growth, on the disconnect between higher incomes and happiness, and on the failure of economic growth to meet other key economic, social and environmental policy objectives.
Contents: Preface Prologue 1. The Idea of Economic Growth 2. Why Manage Without Growth? 3. Systems, Information and Prices 4. Limits to Growth – Sources 5. Limits to Growth – Sinks and Services 6. Limits to Growth – Synthesis 7. Scale, Composition and Technology 8. Economic Growth and Happiness 9. The Disappointments of Economic Growth 10. Managing Without Growth in Canada: Exploring the Possibilities 11. Policies for Managing Without Growth Bibliography Index