Reinventing Prosperity : Managing Economic Growth to Reduce Unemployment, Inequality and Climate Change
A persuasive economic argument that proves we can all live better lives in this finite world. The biggest challenges facing human wellbeing today are widening income inequality, continuing global poverty, and environmental degradation. All these problems are simple to solve -- in theory. In practice, however, they are much more complex to solve, because most of the commonly proposed "solutions" are simply not acceptable to people and governments who are focused on the short term. In Reinventing Prosperity, Graeme Maxton and Jorgen Randers offer a new approach with thirteen recommendations that should be possible to implement around the world. This book addresses the forty-year-old growth/no-growth debate by explaining how it is possible to reduce unemployment, poverty, inequality, and the pace of climate change and still have economic growth--if we want.
- Hardback | 272 pages
- 153 x 229 x 25.4mm | 539g
- 08 Oct 2016
- Greystone Books,Canada
- B&W illustrations
"An essential guide to those who want to change the world for the better--and for certain."--Ha-Joon Chang, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge, author of 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism "A fascinating, data-rich look at some of the most fundamental questions our species has ever faced--and a striking argument for maturity over endless growth."--Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy "Maxton and Randers present a new path towards sustainability by focusing on a set of measures which should be more readily acceptable, because they provide short term advantages to the majority of people. Reinventing Prosperity is a compelling book, full of new insights and iconoclastic ideas."--Roberto Peccei, Vice Chancellor for Research Emeritus, UCLA "This book has the power to induce policy changes that are imperative for the creation of an equitable, peaceful and sustainable future for human society."--Rajendra K. Pachauri, past-Chair International Panel of Climate Change (IPCC), Executive Vice Chairman, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) "An important contribution to the global debate about growth, equality, climate change, and the path to a viable human future."--David Korten, author, When Corporations Rule the World "Reinventing Prosperity, appearing nearly 45 years after Limits to Growth, is another wake-up call of historic significance. It reinforces the important messages of Laudato Si', the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the Paris Climate Agreement. I endorse these proposals for another economy, which is both more fair and more sustainable."--Ruud Lubbers, co-founder of the Earth Charter "Maxton and Randers make 13 feasible proposals which, if implemented, would transform the future of humanity. This book is not just a "must read," its solutions are a "must do"!"-- Stewart Wallis, Executive Director, New Economics Foundation 2003-2015 "Do you want a cogent and accessible explanation of why our paramount policy goal of GDP growth is increasing unemployment, inequality, and environmental destruction--while reducing welfare? Then read this informative book for both answers and better policies!"--Herman Daly, Emeritus Professor, University of Maryland "A bold analysis smashing the doctrines of mainstream economics. Built on the analysis, the authors offer thirteen proposals to reduce unemployment, inequality, and climate change. Wonderful!"--Ernst von Weizsacker, Co-President of the Club of Rome "Leaving conventional economics behind, Reinventing Prosperity charts a careful course between the Scylla of economic collapse and the Charybdis of climate catastrophe. It is an urgent call to action!"--Peter G. Brown, Economics for the Anthropocene Project, McGill University "Maxton and Randers bring a rare combination of insight, pragmatism and a global perspective to the challenge of managing economies in the 21st century. Their thirteen policy proposals should be taken seriously by anyone who believes that thoughtful, informed, democratic change offers the best chance for a prosperous future."--Peter A. Victor PhD. FRSC, author of Managing without Growth: Slower by Design, not Disaster
About Graeme Maxton
Graeme Maxton is the Secretary General of the Club of Rome and a former regional director of the Economist Intelligence Unit in Asia. He is the author of The End of Progress -- How Modern Economics Has Failed Us, which was nominated for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year. Jorgen Randers is a professor of climate strategy at the Norwegian Business School, a former Deputy Director General of WWF International, and has contributed to numerous books, including Limits to Growth. David Suzuki is an internationally renowned geneticist and environmentalist and a cofounder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is the author of more than 40 books, is a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, and was named one of Time Magazine's Heroes of the Environment. He lives in Vancouver.