Exploring the Limits of Two Opposing Paradigms, Third Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
This third edition of Weak versus Strong Sustainability is a substantially revised version of the second edition (Neumayer 2003c), which followed the first edition, originally published in 1999 (Neumayer 1999a). The revisions affect all chapters. In particular, I have updated all graphs and tables and I discuss the literature published since the last edition was published. This has affected all sections to some extent, but section 2.4 most dramatically. With the publication of the Stem (2007) Review, the debate on climate change has considerably moved on and this new edition reflects this. In writing this book I have tried to ensure that it is open to a broad audience. Chapter 3 should be accessible for interested readers from all backgrounds who for the first time come across the issues of resource availability for sustained economic growth and the environmental consequences thereof. Equally, Chapter 4 examines the preservation of natural capital in a world of risk, uncertainty and ignorance without abstract mathematicalrrodelling. Chapter 5, on measuring weak sustainability, is more advanced, presents a more formal analysis and presupposes a more substantial economic background. Chapter 6 is again perfectly understandable by all those interested in the measurement of strong sustainability. I hope that I have written a book that is of use to everybody with an interest in the two opposing paradigms of weak and strong sustainability, be they ecornmists or not. This book builds upon articles in refereed journals and it has therefore benefited greatly from many comments of anonymous referees....