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The Green Economy

Environment, Sustainable Development and the Politics of the Future

The current controversy over the future of the forest in Clayoquot Sound is seen by many as typifying the unsolvable conflict between jobs and the environment. In The Green Economy, Michael Jacobs rejects both the traditional Green demand for 'zero growth' and the new economic orthodoxy which seeks to give the environment a monetary value. In their place, he defines the concept of 'sustainability,' as founded in a concern for future generations. But what is sustainable development? How can it be achieved?

334 pages

Table of Contents


Part I: Analysis

1. The Economy and the Environmental Crisis

2. Whose Environment?

3. The Invisible Elbow: Market Forces and Environmental Degradation

4. Capitalism, Industrialism and Green Politics

Part II: Objectives

5. Sustainable Development: Beyond 'Zero Growth'

6. Valuing the Environment: The 'Orthodox Economists's' Approach to Environmental Protection

7. Sustainability: Protecting the Future

8. Making Sustainability Operational: The Meaning of 'Environmental Capacity'

9. Environmental Efficiency, Entropy and Energy

Part III: Programme

10. Sustainability Planning

11. Instruments for Environmental Protection

12. Regulations versus Financial Incentives?

13. The Role of Government Expenditure

14. Equity and the Integration of Social and Environmental Policy

15. Global Environmental Economic Policy

Part IV: Measurement

16. Making Environmental Decisions (1): The Limits of Cost-Benefit Analysis

17. Making Environmental Decisions (2): Monetary Valuation of the Environment

18. Measuring Success

19. The Standard of Living and the Quality of Life




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