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John E. Ikerd
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The Essentials of Economic Sustainability

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The recent global financial crisis has raised widespread concern for the sustainability of the global economy. Much has been written concerning the negative impacts of economic development on natural ecosystems and civil societies. Unfortunately, few viable alternatives to the prevailing economic paradigms have been suggested for consideration. Those that have been are typ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Kumarian Press
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"This is a must- read book for those who dream about quality of life, and think about our future generations. Most of us agree that our planet is in a great danger and many believe that we are running it in the wrong direction. Understanding and implementing The Essentials of Economic Sustainability is crucial for the well-being of our Society and the future of humanity.

For the developing countries, John Ikerd’s book presents a clear way of pursuing progress and prosperity under rational approa...more
Ikerd carefully helps the reader understand how the economy is tied into nature (ecology) and the rest of society (values, politics, etc.). Like the biophysical economists, he understands how limited energy resources are a key constraint for economics, and he advocates changing to a steady-state economy rather than sticking with one that demands growth. He is hopeful that we could reach a state in which the world's needs can be met indefinitely, though not with all the goods and services we in t...more
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