A Survey of Sustainable Development: Social and Economic Dimensions / Edition 1

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<p>Perpetual economic growth is physically impossible on a planet with finite resources. Many concerned with humanity's future have focused on the concept of "sustainable development" as an alternative, as they seek means of achieving current economic and social goals without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own goals. Sustainable development brings together elements of economics, public policy, sociology, ecology, resource management, and other related areas, and while the term has become quite popular, it is rarely defined, and even less often is it understood.<p>A Survey of Sustainable Development addresses that problem by bringing together in a single volume the most important works on sustainable human and economic development. It offers a broad overview of the subject, and gives the reader a quick and thorough guide to this highly diffuse topic. The volume offers ten sections on topics including: <ul><li>economic and social dimensions of sustainable development <li>the North/South balance <li>population and the demographic transition <li>agriculture and renewable resources <li>energy and materials use <li>globalization and corporate responsibility <li>local and national strategies</ul><p>Each section is introduced with an essay by one of the volume editors that provides an overview of the subject and a summary of the mainstream literature, followed by two- to three-page abstracts of the most important articles or book chapters on the topic.<p>A Survey of Sustainable Development is the sixth and final volume in the Frontier Issues of Economic Thought series produced by the Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University. Each book brings together the most important articles and book chapters in a "frontier" area of economics where important new work is being done but has not yet been incorporated into the mainstream of economic study. The book is an essential reference for students and scholars concerned with economics, environmental studies, public policy and administration, international development, and a broad range of related fields.
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Editorial Reviews

The concluding volume of the series summarizes 75 articles by contributors in many disciplines around the world, and published in journals or other anthologies. They cover perspectives, building blocks, and policies on sustainability. Full bibliographic citations allow readers to find the originals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559638630
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: Frontier Issues in Economic Thought Series , #6
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Harris is professor of art history at the University of Liverpool. He is the author of many books, including Inside the Death Drive: Excess and Apocalypse in the World of the Chapman Brothers, also published by Liverpool University Press.

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Table of Contents

Authors of Original Articles
Volume Introduction
Pt. I Economics of Sustainability: The Environmental Dimension
Overview Essay
Natural Capital and Sustainable Development
Environmental Economics, Ecological Economics, and the Concept of Sustainable Development
On the Problem of Achieving Efficiency and Equity, Intergenerationally
Economics and "Sustainability": Balancing Trade-offs and Imperatives
From Political Economy to Political Ecology
Green Accounting and Economic Policy
Are We Saving Enough for the Future?
Progress on the Environmental Kuznets Curve?
Pt. II Economics of Sustainability: The Social Dimension
Overview Essay
The Human Development Paradigm
Sustainable Livelihoods: The Poor's Reconciliation of Environment and Development
Markets, Citizenship, and Social Exclusion
Gendered Poverty and Well-being
Government Action, Social Capital, and Development: Reviewing the Evidence on Synergy
Good Government in the Tropics
Pt. III Global Perspectives: The North/South Imbalance
Overview Essay
Views from the Periphery: Encountering Development
Global Ecology and the Shadow of Development
Biodiversity: A Third World Perspective
Global Warming in a Unequal World: A Case of Environmental Colonialism
Lifestyle Is the Problem
Enclosing the Global Commons: Global Environmental Negotiations in a North-South Conflictual Approach
Pt. IV Population and Urbanization
Overview Essay
Government, Population, and Poverty: A Win-Win Tale
An Ecologist View of the Malthusian Conflict
Accelerated Resource Degradation by Agriculture in Developing Countries?: The Role of Population Change and Responses to It
People and Environment: What Is the Relationship Between Exploitation of Natural Resources and Population Growth in the South?
Population and Urbanization in the Twenty-First Century: India's Megacities
Mexico City: Our Common Future?
Reinventing Cities for People and the Planet
Pt. V Agriculture and Renewable Resources
Overview Essay
Food Security and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources: A 2020 Vision
Sustainable Agriculture
Environmental Risks Posed by Transgenic Crops
Population Extinction and Saving Biodiversity
Rocking the Boat: Conserving Fisheries and Protecting Jobs
The World's Forests: Problems and Potentials
Pt. VI Materials, Energy, and Climate Change
Overview Essay
Materialization and Dematerialization: Measures and Trends
Material Use and Sustainable Affluence
Balancing China's Energy, Economic, and Environmental Goals
Environmental Quality, Energy Efficiency, and Renewable Energy
The Costs of Climate Protection: A Guide for the Perplexed
Equity and Discounting in Climate-Change Decisions
Pt. VII Globalization and Sustainability
Overview Essay
Globalization: Threat or Salvation?
From Adjustment to Sustainable Development: The Obstacle of Free Trade
Ecological Distribution, Agricultural Trade Liberalization, and In Situ Genetic Diversity
Multinational Corporations and the Neo-Liberal Regime
Foreign Investment, Globalization, and Environment
Globalization and Social Intergration
Reconciling Economic Reform and Sustainable Human Development: Social Consequences of Neo-Liberalism
Impacts of Structural Adjustment on the Sustainability of Developing Countries
Pt. VIII Taming the Corporation
Overview Essay
The Corporate Accountability Movement: Lessons and Opportunities
Socially Responsible Investing: Doing Good While Doing Well
Corporate Social Responsibility
Toward a New Conception of the Environment-Competitiveness Relationship
Civil Associations and Toward a Global Civil Economy
Sustainability and the Accountable Corporation
Pt. IX Local and National Strategies
Overview Essay
A Theory of Government Intervention in Late Industrialization
An Idea Whose Time Has Come
From Class Struggle to Class Compromise: Redistribution and Growth in a South Indian State
New Strategies for Rural Sustainable Development: Popular Participation, Food Self-sufficiency, and Environmental Regeneration
African Development That Works
Challenges to Community-Based Sustainable Development
What Is Micro-Enterprise Development for Women? Widening the Agenda
Pt. X Reforming Global Institutions
Overview Essay
Alternatives to the International Monetary Fund
The World Bank and Poverty
Assessing the Impact of NGO Advocacy Campaigns on World Bank Projects and Policies
Coping with Ecological Globalization
The United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Development Programme
Conflicts of Global Ecology: Environmental Activism in Period of Global Reach
Subject Index
Name Index
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