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Managing without Growth, Second Edition
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Managing without Growth, Second Edition

Slower by Design, not Disaster

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9781785367373 Edward Elgar Publishing
Peter A. Victor, Professor Emeritus, York University, Canada
Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 978 1 78536 737 3 Extent: 432 pp
Ten years after the publication of the first edition of this influential book, the evidence is even stronger that human economies are overwhelming the regenerative capacity of the planet. This book explains why long-term economic growth is infeasible, and why, especially in advanced economies, it is also undesirable. Simulations based on real data show that managing without growth is a better alternative

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Ten years after the publication of the first edition of this influential book, the evidence is even stronger that human economies are overwhelming the regenerative capacity of the planet. This book explains why long-term economic growth is infeasible, and why, especially in advanced economies, it is also undesirable. Simulations based on real data show that managing without growth is a better alternative.

The book tells how the recent idea of economic growth emerged from the idea of progress, itself only a few hundred years old. Many reasons for questioning growth are given based on an extensive review of the data as well as on conceptual and methodological considerations. The experience of growth in several countries is documented, compared and found wanting.

Possibilities for managing without growth in high income economies are simulated with a new, comprehensive systems model with many novel features. Three 50 year scenarios are compared: a base case, an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction scenario, and a sustainable prosperity scenario with broader environmental objectives, reduced income inequality, shorter working hours and the cessation of economic growth. The book closes with a review of policies to make this scenario a reality.

This updated book is a valuable resource for a broad academic audience, including students and researchers in economics, environmental studies, environmental science, business studies, and geography, as well as social justice groups and NGOs concerned with the environment, inequality and employment.
Critical Acclaim
‘This book will appeal to both technical economists and to general readers. It advances a compelling case for the abandonment of growth as a policy objective for rich countries, while acknowledging that more growth is still essential in poorer ones.’
– Peter C. Grosvenor, Environmental Politics

‘Written in a crisp, clear, concise style, almost totally free of jargon, deeply grounded in data, and superbly referenced, the book is a must-read for those who want to form their own informed opinion about this subject, with or without economic education.’
– Halina Szejnwald Brown, Local Environment

‘If you want to get into the nuts and bolts of postgrowth economics, then Managing Without Growth is the book for you.’
– Jeremy Williams, The Earthbound Report
Contents
Contents: Preface 1. The Idea of Economic Growth 2. Why Manage Without Growth? 3. Systems, Information and Prices 4. Pricing Nature 5. Limits to Growth – Sources 6. Limits to Growth – Sinks and Services 7. Limits to Growth – Synthesis 8. Scale, Composition and Technology 9. Economic Growth and Happiness 10. The Disappointments of Economic Growth 11. Managing without Growth: Exploring Possibilities 12. Managing without Growth: From Simulations to Reality References Index

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