Sustainability and Policy: Limits to Economics by Michael CommonSustainability and Policy: Limits to Economics by Michael Common

Sustainability and Policy: Limits to Economics

byMichael Common

Paperback | July 28, 1995

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Sustainability and Policy addresses the sustainability problem from the discipline of economics. How can poverty be addressed without destroying the environment? This study is a balanced, constructive, and original contribution in the rapidly emerging field of environmental economics and policy.
Title:Sustainability and Policy: Limits to EconomicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:364 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:July 28, 1995Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521436052

ISBN - 13:9780521436052


Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The world economy: north and south; 3. Sustainability; 4. history and perspective; 5. Thinking about futures; 6. Economics; 7. Resource and environmental economics; 8. Some new economics; 9. National Policy; 10. The international dimension; 11. Postscript.

From Our Editors

Two of the greatest problems facing the human race today are poverty and the threat to the natural environment. Economic growth is routinely advocated as the solution to poverty, but the natural environment is already threatened by current levels of economic activity. This book examines both economic and ecological approaches to this dilemma, and considers policy issues for industrial economies. It also includes a useful review of recent literature in the area. Michael Common argues that economists rarely address threats to sustainability. He suggests that, while economics cannot offer a blueprint for a sustainable society, the use of economic or price incentives can help achieve social goals and address threats to sustainability. Sustainability and Policy is a valuable contribution to the rapidly emerging fields of environmental economics and policy.

Editorial Reviews

"The a concise description of the current status of sustainability. It is coherent and is understandable to a non-economist." Environment International