Beyond Uneconomic Growth
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Beyond Uneconomic Growth

Economics, Equity and the Ecological Predicament

Edited by Joshua Farley and Deepak Malghan

This engaging book brings together leading ecological economists to collectively present a definitive case for looking beyond economic growth as the sole panacea for the world’s ecological predicament. Grounded in physics, ecology, and the science of human behavior, contributors show how economic growth itself has become “uneconomic” and adds to a ravaging of both social and ecological cohesion.
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Chapter 2: ‘The world in over-shoot’: a celebration of Herman Daly’s contributions to ecological economics – the science of sustainability

Robert Goodland


This chapter is a celebration of Herman Daly’s lifework. The chapter does this mainly by quoting Herman directly. He writes so pellucidly that he cannot be edited for clarity, so direct quotation is preferable. Of course, reading his works directly is far better than reading any compilation. But I have distilled a tiny fraction of his prodigious and brilliant output through the mind of an ecologist and repeated a few of Herman’s major advances that I feel are important to fellow ecologists. Other contributors to this book have emphasized Herman’s economic contributions, although it is not clear what is economic and what is ecologic as he is the most effective bridge-builder between the two disciplines. So, let me be clear: this chapter is entirely Herman’s work. I am merely a compiler. I have restricted myself to condensing four decades of Herman’s publications into ten pages of synthesis and seven pages toward solutions. Most generously, Herman has revised and approved the result. One of Herman’s most influential achievements was the creation of the discipline of ecological economics, from the early 1970s with his friends Robert Costanza, Joan Martinez-Alier, AnnMari Jansson, Roefie Hueting and others. While Herman was in the World Bank (1988–94), they created the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE), then the ISEE journal, then the major textbooks on ecological economics.

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