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The growth illusion : how economic growth has enriched the few, impoverished the many and endangered the planet

Author: R J Douthwaite
Publisher: Foxhole, Dartington : Green Books, 1999.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Rev. and updated edView all editions and formats
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The idea that growth is beneficial underlies the economic strategies of all major political parties, but the reality of recent years is that the negative effects of growth have far outweighed any positive ones. In Ireland growth has been the root cause of unemployment; in Britain it has led to an eightfold increase in crime, the breakdown of family life and a deterioration in general levels of health and education;  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: R J Douthwaite
ISBN: 9781907448430 1907448438 9781907448423 190744842X
OCLC Number: 856869129
Description: 1 online resource (402 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half-title page; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; Graphs and Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Foreword; Introduction; 1: Quality or Quantity?; 2: Why Capitalism Needs Growth; 3: Ill Fares the Land; 4: The Benefits of War and Depression; 5: Mrs. Thatcher and the Struggle Against Inflation; 6: Ned Ludd Was Right; 7: Growth and the National Health; 8: How Growth Damaged Family and Community Life; 9: What Has All the Growth Done?; 10: Growth Must Have a Stop; 11: Growth in the Greenhouse; 12: The Dutch Dilemma; 13: The Mahatma's Message; 14: De Valera's Dream. 15: The Myth of Sustainable Growth16: Guiding the Invisible Hand; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index; About the Author; Back cover.
Responsibility: Richard Douthwaite.

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The Growth Illusion exposes the real nature of undirected economic growth, and refutes Adam Smith's belief in the 'invisible hand' ensuring that self-interest would serve the common good.  Read more...

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After reading Douthwaite's vivid and convincing case studies it becomes impossible to hear a politician promising recovery (and hence a new bout of consuming) without feeling mingled pity and Read more...

 
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