Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable

Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable


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In this passionate and powerful book—part manifesto, part plan of action—the renowned economist Jeffrey D. Sachs offers a practical strategy to move America, seemingly more divided than ever, toward a new consensus: sustainable development. Sustainable development is a holistic approach that emphasizes economic, social, and environmental objectives in shaping policy. In focusing too much on economic growth, the United States has neglected rising economic inequality and dire environmental threats. Now, even growth is imperiled.

Sachs explores issues that have captivated the nation and political debate, including infrastructure, trade deals, energy policy, the proper size and role of government, the national debt, and income inequality. Not only does he provide illuminating and accessible explanations of the forces at work in each case, but he also presents specific policy solutions. His argument rises above the pessimism born of political paralysis, economic stagnation, and partisanship to devise a brighter way forward, achievable both individually and collectively. In Building the New American Economy, Sachs shows how the United States can find a path to renewed economic progress that is fair and environmentally sustainable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231184052
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 758,485
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey D. Sachs is University Professor at Columbia University and serves as Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and professor of health policy and management at Columbia University. He is a New York Times best-selling author, and his books include The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008), The Price of Civilization (2011), To Move the World: JFK's Quest for Peace (2013), and The Age of Sustainable Development (Columbia University Press, 2015).

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Bernie Sanders
1. Why We Need to Build a New American Economy
2. Investment, Saving, and U.S. Long-Term Growth
3. Decoding the Federal Budget
4. Sustainable Infrastructure After the Automobile Age
5. Facing Up to Income Inequality
6. Smart Machines and the Future of Jobs
7. The Truth About Trade
8. Disparities and High Costs Fuel the Health Care Crisis
9. A Smart Energy Policy for the United States
10. From Guns to Butter
11. Investing for Innovation
12. Toward a New Kind of Politics
13. Restoring Trust in American Governance
14. Prosperity in Sustainability
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