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- DescriptionThe recent global financial crisis has raised widespread concern for the sustainability of the global ecomy. Much has been written concerning the negative impacts of ecomic development on natural ecosystems and civil societies. Unfortunately, few viable alternatives to the prevailing ecomic paradigms have been suggested for consideration. Those that have been are typically little more than suggestions for fine tuning capitalist or socialist ecomies. In his new book, John Ikerd addresses the basic principles and concepts essential to ecomic sustainability. Some of these concepts are capitalist, some are socialistic, and others are general principles validated by philosophy or common sense. What results is a synthesis: something that is neither capitalist r socialist but fundamentally different; it is sustainable. A special emphasis is placed on the essential, but limited, role of markets in ecomic sustainability, including the constraints that must be placed on markets to protect nature and society from ecomic exploitation. Readers of any political and ideological persuasion will find this brief book engaging, informative, optimistic and refreshing. Instead of threats and apocalyptic prouncements, Ikerd offers possibilities and assurance. Instead of epithets hurled at opponents, Ikerd offers possibilities for reconciliation and a renewed sense of the need to work co-operatively to find solutions to the most urgent problems of our era.
- Author BiographyJohn Ikerd spent the first half of his thirty-year academic career as a traditional free-market, neoclassical economist. He served on the faculties of four major state universities during his career: North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Missouri. Growing concerns for the lack of ecological, social, and economic sustainability of American agriculture during the 1980s led to broader concerns for the lack of sustainability for American society in general. As an economist, Dr. Ikerd eventually came to understand that growing threats to ecological and social sustainability are rooted in the neoclassical paradigm of economic development, which is inherently extractive and exploitative, and thus, is not sustainable. Dr. Ikerd spent the last half of his academic career and much of his time since retirement developing and testing the concepts and principles of an alternative development paradigm, the economics of sustainability, which are elucidated in this book.
- Author(s)John E. Ikerd
- PublisherKumarian Press
- Date of Publication15/07/2012
- SubjectEconomics: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Place of PublicationWest Hartford, CT
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintKumarian Press
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
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