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Social Limits to Growth
by Fred Hirsch
The promise of economic growth which has dominated society for so long has reached an impasse. In his classic analysis, Fred Hirsch argued that the causes of this were essentially social rather than physical. Affluence brings its own problems. As societies become richer, an increasing proportion of the extra goods and services created are not available to everybody. Materi ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by iUniverse
(first published January 1st 1976)
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I read this after reading What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets - I found it very dense, very academic, but it has several ideas that help in understanding what economic growth will and won't do for people, and why the separation between haves and have-nots increases ever more rapidly. The book was written in the early 1970s, but still fits in to many things people still debate about how to fix income inequality.