Consumptionomics: Asia's Role in Reshaping Capitalism and Saving the Planet

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Asia’s role in reshaping capitalism and saving the planet

Consumption has been for many years the fuel that drives the engine of global capitalism. The recent financial crisis has seen the west’s leading economists and policy makers urging Asia to make a conscious effort to consume more and thereby help save the global economy. This is a view shaped b conventional wisdom which conveniently refuses to acknowledge both the undesirable effects of ...

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Overview

Asia’s role in reshaping capitalism and saving the planet

Consumption has been for many years the fuel that drives the engine of global capitalism. The recent financial crisis has seen the west’s leading economists and policy makers urging Asia to make a conscious effort to consume more and thereby help save the global economy. This is a view shaped b conventional wisdom which conveniently refuses to acknowledge both the undesirable effects of consumption and the limits to growth.

In Consumptionomics, one of Asia’s leading sources of new ideas, Chandran Nair, tackles head-on what is certain to prove the most controversial political challenge of the next two decades,

Consumptionomics argues that the blinkered conventional view needs to be replaced by a more rational approach to such challenges. If Asians were to achieve consumption levels taken for granted in the West the results would be environmentally catastrophic across the globe. Needless to say, it would also have significant geopolitical impacts as nations scramble for diminishing resources. Asian government and leaders find themselves with a dilemma. The solutions will entail making sensitive political choices and adopting certain forms of government to affect a fundamental change of direction. If Asia is willing to take on this responsibility it will help to save the planet whilst reshaping capitalism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470828571
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Chandran Nair is the founder of the Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT), an independent social venture think tank dedicated to advancing understanding of the impact of globalization through thought leadership and positive action to affect change. He was chairman of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) in Asia Pacific until 2004, establishing the company as Asia’s leading environmental consultancy. For more than a decade he has strongly advocated a more sustainable approach to development in Asia, advising governments and multinational corporations to instill their policies and key decision-making processes with these principles. In addition to his work with GIFT, Chandran Nair continues to provide strategic management advice and coaching to business leaders.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9

Introduction 23

1 Asia arrives-and wants it all 43

2 Clutching at straws 61

3 Rethinking the future in Asia 79

4 The Asian state 97

5 Rewriting the rules 119

6 Asia and the world 139

Conclusion: Reshaping capitalism 155

Afterword 181

Notes 185

Acknowledgements 201

Index 203

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