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Social Limits to Growth - Fred Hirsch

Social Limits to Growth

Paperback Published: 21st September 1995
ISBN: 9780415119580
Number Of Pages: 232

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The promise of economic growth which has dominated society for so long has reached an impasse. In his classic analysis, Fred Hirsch argued that the causes of this were essentially social rather than physical. Affluence brings its own problems. As societies become richer, an increasing proportion of the extra goods and services created are not available to everybody. Material affluence does not make for a better society.
Fred Hirsch's classic exposition of the social limits to growth manages to connect many of the apparently disparate factors that blight modern life: alienation at work and deteriorating cities as well as inflation and unemployment.

Introduction: The Argument in Briefp. 1
The Neglected Realm of Social Scarcity
A Duality in the Growth Potentialp. 15
The Material Economy and the Positional Economyp. 27
The Ambiguity of Economic Ouptutp. 55
The Commercialization Bias
The Economics of Bad Neighborsp. 71
The New Commodity Fetishismp. 84
The Commercialization Effect: The Sexual Illustrationp. 95
A First Summary: The Hole in the Affluent Societyp. 102
The Depleting Moral Legacy
An Overload on the Mixed Economyp. 117
Political Keynesianism and the Managed Marketp. 123
The Moral Re-entryp. 137
The Lost Legitimacy and the Distributional Compulsionp. 152
Perspective and Conclusions
The Liberal Market as a Transition Casep. 161
Inferences for Policyp. 178
Referencesp. 193
Indexp. 203
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ISBN: 9780415119580
ISBN-10: 0415119588
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 21st September 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition