The Environmental Consequences of Growth: Steady-State Economics as an Alternative to Ecological Decline

The Environmental Consequences of Growth: Steady-State Economics as an Alternative to Ecological Decline

by Douglas Booth
     
 

This book presents a new perspective on the link between economic growth and environmental change. All the key issues in environmental economics are covered, including:

• industry, creation and environmental change

• air, water and toxic pollution

• economic growth and the limits of environmental regulation

• ethics and the limits of

Overview

This book presents a new perspective on the link between economic growth and environmental change. All the key issues in environmental economics are covered, including:

• industry, creation and environmental change

• air, water and toxic pollution

• economic growth and the limits of environmental regulation

• ethics and the limits of environmental economics.
The central thesis is that whilst new industries are necessary for economic growth, their development creates new environmental problems which become difficult to reverse. An alternative approach, 'steady-state economics', based on the concept of ethical commitment, is put forward as a possible alternative to a high-growth, environmentally destructive economy. Providing a welcome alternative to conventional, neoclassical microeconomic thought on environmental issues, this will be vital reading for students of environmental economics and related subjects.

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Booth (economics, Marquette U.) puts forward the case for a new, ethical approach to evaluating environmental questions, arguing that if human and biotic life are viewed as valuable in their own right, then we need an alternative to cost-benefit analysis, an alternative he calls steady-state economics, based on the concept of ethical commitment. For students of economics and environmental science, and for general readers. No prior knowledge of economics is assumed. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415169912
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/27/1998
Series:
Routledge Advances in Social Economics Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.51(d)

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