Building a Sustainable and Desirable Economy-in- Society-in-Nature

Robert Costanza, Gar Alperovitz, Herman Daly, Joshua Farley, Carol Franco, Tim Jackson, Ida Kubiszewski, Juliet Schor, Peter Victor

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    Abstract

    The current mainstream model of the global economy is based on a number of assumptions about the way the world works, what the economy is, and what the economy is for. (See Table 11–1.) These assumptions arose in an earlier period, when the world was relatively empty of humans and their artifacts. Built capital was the limiting factor, while natural capital was abundant. It made sense not to worry too much about environmental “externalities,” since they could be assumed to be relatively small and ultimately solvable. It also made sense to focus on the growth of the market economy, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), as a primary means to improve human welfare. And it made sense to think of the economy as only marketed goods and services and to think of the goal as increasing the amount of these that were produced and consumed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationState of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?
    Editors Linda Starke
    Place of PublicationWashington
    PublisherIsland Press
    Pages126-143
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Print)9781610914499
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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