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Economics is the mother tongue of public policy. It dominates our decision-making for the future, guides multi-billion-dollar investments, and shapes our responses to climate change, inequality, and other environmental and social challenges that define our times.
Pity then, or more like disaster, that its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date yet are still taught in college courses worldwide and still used to address critical issues in government and business alike.
That’s why it is time, says renegade economist Kate Raworth, to revise our economic thinking for the 21st century. In Doughnut Economics, she sets out seven key ways to fundamentally reframe our understanding of what economics is and does. Along the way, she points out how we can break our addiction to growth; redesign money, finance, and business to be in service to people; and create economies that are regenerative and distributive by design.
Named after the now-iconic “doughnut” image that Raworth first drew to depict a sweet spot of human prosperity (an image that appealed to the Occupy Movement, the United Nations, eco-activists, and business leaders alike), Doughnut Economics offers a radically new compass for guiding global development, government policy, and corporate strategy, and sets new standards for what economic success looks like.
Raworth handpicks the best emergent ideasfrom ecological, behavioral, feminist, and institutional economics to complexity thinking and Earth-systems scienceto address this question: How can we turn economies that need to grow, whether or not they make us thrive, into economies that make us thrive, whether or not they grow?
Simple, playful, and eloquent, Doughnut Economics offers game-changing analysis and inspiration for a new generation of economic thinkers.
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Table of ContentsWho wants to be an economist?
1. Change the goal
from endless growth to thriving in balance
2. See the big picture
from self-contained market to embedded economy
3. Nurture human nature
from rational economic man to social adaptable humans
4. Get savvy with systems
from mechanical equilibrium to dynamic complexity
5. Design to distribute
from ‘growth will even it up’ to distributive by design
6. Create to regenerate
from ‘growth will clean it up’ to regenerative by design
7. Be agnostic about growth
from growth as a must to growth as a maybe not
We are all economists now
Annex: The Doughnut and its data