Global population increase and production and consumption patterns and levels make the crucial issues first raised by Malthus two hundred years ago more important than ever. The debate today is characterized by the position taken up by this book: that the issues of population and growth or decline cannot be separated from the whole set of questions of economic and social development, and from the environmental concerns related to the production and consumption of
peoples throughout the whole of the world. Analysis must thus be made at the global, as well as at the regional, level. Seven distinguished scholars from different fields take up the three
main themes: the Malthusian conflict, factors underlying fertitliy changes, and development strategic issues related to the population-environment nexus. They explore in depth the connections between population size and growth, environmental degredation, and poverty, taking into account the effects of increasing competition for natural resources on social structures. The household unit itself also comes under scrutiny, with the examination of such issues as inequality by sex and by age.
The rapidly increasing stress on the world's natural resource base can, especially in the overpopulated areas of the world, create social tension and conflicts between or within nations long
before major ecological breakdown occurs. Thus, the issues at the core of this volume require immediate political attention.
`This book provides valuable insight into the topics covered, benefits from contributions from several disciplines and will be of general interest to most individuals interested in processes of social and economic development and their environmental impacts.'
Clement A. Tisdell, Jnl of Development Studies, Vol.35, No.4, Apr.99.
`can be warmly commended for its attempt to examine root causes. Too many books on population, environment or development concentrate on symptoms rather than causes. This book explores in-depth why individuals do things that militate against their own long-term needs, and those of everyone else ... read this readable book.'
Norman Myers, Times Higher Education Supplement
`The contributions are, as befits such pieces, tried and true ... the main body of this book contains a series of strong essays - not a bad one to be found - aimed at the non-Mandarin ... The volume would make an excellent reader at either the advanced undergraduate level or graduate level, or for a researcher who just wants to become informed about various aspects of population, economy, and environment.'
Population and Development Review
`The contributions to this book provide many insights into different aspects of the population-development-environment issue.'
...the book is still valuable. - Professor R H Cassen. Population Studies.
IntroductionLindahl Kiessling and Landberg:
1: Bengtsson and Gunnarsson: Population, Development and Institutional Change: Summary and Analysis
2: Dasgupta, Foke, and Maler: The Environmental Resource Base and Human Welfare
3: Amartya Sen: Population and Reasoned Agency: Food Fertility and Economic Development
4: Holling: An Ecolotist View of the Malthusian Conflice
5: Bledsoe: `Children are like young bamboo trees': Potentiality and Reproduction in Sub-Saharan Africa
6: Willis: Economic Analysis of Fertility: Micro Founcations and Aggregate Implications
7: Birdsall: Government, Population and Poverty
8: McNicoll: Institutional Analysis of Fertility
9: Fogel: The Relevance of Malthus for the Study of Mortality Today