Population, Economic Development, and the Environment

Paperback | October 1, 1997

EditorKerstin Lindahl Kiessling, Hans Landberg

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Global population increase and production and consumption patterns and levels make the crucial issues first raised by Malthus two hundred years ago more important than ever. The debate today is characterized by the position taken up by this book: that the issues of population and growth ordecline cannot be separated from the whole set of questions of economic and social development, and from the environmental concerns related to the production and consumption of peoples throughout the whole of the world. Analysis must thus be made at the global, as well as at the regional, level. Seven distinguished scholars from different fields take up the three main themes: the Malthusian conflict, factors underlying fertitliy changes, and development strategic issues related to the population-environment nexus. They explore in depth the connections between population size and growth,environmental degredation, and poverty, taking into account the effects of increasing competition for natural resources on social structures. The household unit itself also comes under scrutiny, with the examination of such issues as inequality by sex and by age. The rapidly increasing stress on the world's natural resource base can, especially in the overpopulated areas of the world, create social tension and conflicts between or within nations long before major ecological breakdown occurs. Thus, the issues at the core of this volume require immediatepolitical attention.

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Global population increase and production and consumption patterns and levels make the crucial issues first raised by Malthus two hundred years ago more important than ever. The debate today is characterized by the position taken up by this book: that the issues of population and growth ordecline cannot be separated from the whole set...

Kerstin Lindahl Kiessling is a Professor Emeritus and Chairperson, Committee on Science in Society at Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Hans Landberg is a Research Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:306 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198292422

ISBN - 13:9780198292425

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IntroductionLindahl Kiessling and Landberg: 1. Bengtsson and Gunnarsson: Population, Development and Institutional Change: Summary and Analysis2. Dasgupta, Foke, and Maler: The Environmental Resource Base and Human Welfare3. Amartya Sen: Population and Reasoned Agency: Food Fertility and Economic Development4. Holling: An Ecolotist View of the Malthusian Conflice5. Bledsoe: `Children are like young bamboo trees': Potentiality and Reproduction in Sub-Saharan Africa6. Willis: Economic Analysis of Fertility: Micro Founcations and Aggregate Implications7. Birdsall: Government, Population and Poverty8. McNicoll: Institutional Analysis of Fertility9. Fogel: The Relevance of Malthus for the Study of Mortality Today

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...the book is still valuable. - Professor R H Cassen. Population Studies.