Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

by Kate Raworth

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Overview

A Financial Times "Best Book of 2017: Economics”

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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Pity then, or more like disaster, that its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date yet are still taught in college courses worldwide and still used to address critical issues in government and business alike.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 ideas—from ecological, behavioral, feminist, and institutional economics to complexity thinking and Earth-systems science—to 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603587969
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 03/29/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 41,593
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kate Raworth is a renegade economist focused on exploring the economic mindset needed to address the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges. She is a senior visiting research associate and advisory board member at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute and teaches in its masters program for Environmental Change and Management. She is also senior associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and a member of the Club of Rome. Over the past 20 years Raworth has been a senior researcher at Oxfam, a co-author of UNDP’s annual Human Development Reports and a fellow of the Overseas Development Institute, working in the villages of Zanzibar. She is also on the advisory board of the Stockholm School of Economics’ Global Challenges Programme and Anglia Ruskin University’s Global Resource Observatory. Kate lives in Oxford, England.

Table of Contents

Who 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
Acknowledgements
Notes
Bibliography

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