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Handbook on Growth and Sustainability

Edited by Peter A. Victor, Professor, York University and Brett Dolter, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Ottawa, Canada
This Handbook assembles original contributions from influential authors such as Herman Daly, Paul Ekins, Marina Fischer-Kowalski, Jeroen van den Bergh, William E. Rees and Tim Jackson who have helped to define our understanding of growth and sustainability. The Handbook also presents new contributions on topics such as degrowth, the debt-based financial system, cultural change, energy return on investment, shorter working hours and employment, and innovation and technology. Explorations of these issues can deepen our understanding of whether growth is sustainable and, in turn, whether a move away from growth can be sustained. With issues such as climate change looming large, our understanding of growth and sustainability is critical. This Handbook offers a broad range of perspectives that can help the reader to decide: Growth? Sustainability? Both? Or neither?
Extent: 592 pp
Hardback Price: $260.00 Web: $234.00
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78347 355 7
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environment
  • Ecological Economics
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
This Handbook assembles new contributions from influential authors such as Herman Daly, Paul Ekins, Marina Fischer-Kowalski, Jeroen van den Bergh, William E. Rees, Peter Bartelmus, Tim Jackson and more, who have helped to define our understanding of growth and sustainability. It also presents new thinking on topics such as degrowth, the debt-based financial system, cultural change, energy return on investment, shorter working hours and employment, and innovation and technology. Explorations of these issues can deepen our understanding of whether growth is sustainable and, in turn, whether a move away from growth can be sustained.

With issues such as climate change looming large, our understanding of growth and sustainability is critical. This Handbook offers a broad range of perspectives that can help the reader to decide: Growth? Sustainability? Both? Or neither? Contributions are drawn from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives including economics, sociology, political science, philosophy, engineering and journalism, placing the work of established luminaries alongside emerging scholars who offer fresh new perspectives. A special section dedicated to exploring ‘growth imperatives’ that make transitioning away from economic growth difficult is provided, and the book includes a focus on cultural change and economic growth.

Scholars, students and practitioners interested in ecological economics, sustainability and environmental studies will all find much of value in this multifaceted and comprehensive volume.


Contributors: P. Bartelmus, B. Bartkowski, H.S. Brown, H. Daly, B. Dolter, P. Ekins, K.-H. Erb, M. Fischer-Kowalski, T. Green, H. Haberl, M. Hadjikakou, C. Hall, A. Hayden, T. Jackson, G. Kallis, A. Levy, R. Matthais, J. Meadowcroft, M. Paez-Victor, S. Pressman, S. Quilley, W. Rees, H. Schindler, F. Schneider, R. Scott, F. Sekulova, J. Steinberger, S. Strunz, P. Timmerman, J. Van Den Bergh, P.J. Vergragt, P.A Victor, T. Wiedmann
Contents:

1. From Growth to Sustainability
Brett Dolter and Peter A. Victor

PART I WHAT IS GROWTH? WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY?
2. Growth, Development and Learning to Live in a Finite World
Peter Timmerman

3. Sustainable development, limits and growth: Reflections on the conundrum
James Meadowcroft

4. Sustainability Metrics and Their Use
Peter Bartelmus

PART II CAN GROWTH BE SUSTAINABLE?
5. A New Economics for Our Full World
Herman Daly

6. Ecological Modernisation and Green Growth: Prospects and Potential
Paul Ekins

7. Climate Change, Growth, and Sustainability
Anders Hayden

8. Climate Change, Happiness and Income from a Degrowth Perspective
Filka Sekulova, Giorgos Kallis and François Schneider

9. Green Agrowth: Removing the GDP-Growth Constraint on Human Progress
Jeroen C.J.M. van den Bergh

PART III IS THE END OF GROWTH NIGH? SUSTAINABILITY CONSTRAINTS ON GROWTH
10. Innovation, Technology, and Economic Growth
Matthais Ruth

11. Energy, Economic Growth and Sustainability: An Energy Primer for the 21st Century
Charles A. S. Hall

12. Shortcomings of a Growth-Driven Food System
Michalis Hadjikakou and Thomas Wiedmann

13. Land as a Planetary Boundary – A Sociological Perspective
Helmut Haberl and Karl-Heinz Erb

PART IV ARE THERE IMPERATIVES FOR GROWTH?
14. Prometheus Unwound: Shorter Hours for Sustainable Degrowth
Andrea Levy

15. Is there a Monetary Growth Imperative? A review
Sebastian Strunz, Bartosz Bartkowski and Harry Schindler

16. Thomas Piketty, Growth, Distribution and the Environment
Steven Pressman and Robert H. Scott, III

17. Growth and Sustainability in a Material World: The Self-Reinforcing Cycle of Population, GDP and Resource Use
Marina Fischer-Kowalski and Julia K. Steinberger

PART V IS IT POSSIBLE TO MOVE BEYOND GROWTH CULTURE?
18. Economic Growth, Biophysical Limits and Sustainability in Economics Textbooks Since 1948
Tom L. Green

19. From Growth to Sustainability: Cultural Transition Beyond Consumerist Lifestyles
Halina Szejnwald Brown and Philip J. Vergragt

20. Navigating the Anthropocene: Environmental Politics and Complexity in an Era of Limits
Stephen Quilley

21. Questioning Sustainability in Latin America
Maria Páez Victor

22. Going Down? Human Nature, Growth and (Un)Sustainability
William E. Rees

23. Beyond Consumer Capitalism - foundations for a sustainable prosperity
Tim Jackson

Index