Handbook on growth and sustainability

Contributor(s): Victor, Peter A [Editor] | Dolter B [Editor]
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Cheltenham Edward Elgar Publishing 2017Description: xii, 577 p.: col. ill. Includes references and indexISBN: 9781783473571Subject(s): Economic development | Sustainable development | SustainabilityDDC classification: 338.9 Summary: 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. https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/gbp/handbook-on-growth-and-sustainability-9781783473557.html
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Table of content

1 From growth to sustainability / 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 modernization 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 / Francois 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 / Matthias Ruth
Contents note continued: 11.Energy, economic growth and sustainability: an energy primer for the twenty-first century / Charles A. S. Hall
12 Shortcomings of a growth-driven food system / Thomas Wiedmann
13 Land as a planetary boundary: a socioecological perspective / 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? / Harry Schindler
16 Thomas Piketty, growth, distribution and the environment / Robert H. Scott III
17 Growth and sustainability in a material world: the self-reinforcing cycle of population, GDP and resource use / 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 / Philip J. Vergragt
Contents note continued: 20.Navigating the Anthropocene: environmental politics and complexity in an era of limits / Stephen Quilley
21 Questioning sustainability in Latin Arrterica / Maria Paez Victor
22 Going down? Human nature, growth and (un)sustainability / William E. Rees
23 Beyond consumer capitalism: foundations for a sustainable prosperity / Tim Jackson

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.

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