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The most difficult questions of sustainability are not about technology; they are about values. Answers to such questions cannot be found by asking the "experts," but can only be resolved in the political arena. In The Local Politics of Global Sustainability, author Thomas Prugh, with Robert Costanza and Herman Daly, two ofthe leading thinkers in the field of ecological economics, explore the kind of politics that can help enable us to achieve a sustainable world of our choice, rather than one imposed by external forces.

The authors begin by considering the biophysical and economic dimensions of the environmental crisis, and tracing the crisis in political discourse and our public lives to its roots. They then offer an in-depth examination of the elements of a re-energized political system that could lead to the development of more sustainable communities. Based on a type of self-governance that political scientist Benjamin Barber calls "strong democracy," the politics is one of engagement rather than consignment, empowering citizens by directly involving them in community decisionmaking. After describing how it should work, the authors provide examples of communities that are experimenting with various features of strong democratic systems.

The Local Politics of Global Sustainability explains in engaging, accessible prose the crucial biophysical, economic, and social issues involved with achieving sustainability. It offers a readable exploration of the political implications of ecological economics and will be an essential work for anyone involved in that field, as well as for students and scholars in environmental politics and policy, and anyone concerned with the theory and practical applications of the concept of sustainable development.

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Explores the political implications of ecological economics, and presents a vision of a re-energized political system based on a type of self-governance that empowers citizens to participate directly in community decision making. Uses examples of communities that are experimenting with various features of such a democratic system to explain the crucial biophysical, economic, and social issues involved in achieving a sustainable world of our choice, rather than one imposed by external factors. Prugh is an energy analyst and writer.
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Synopsis:

In The Local Politics of Global Sustainability, Thomas Prugh, Robert Costanza, and Herman Daly explore the political implications of ecological economics. They envision a reenergized political system based on a type of self-governance that political scientist Benjamin Barber calls "strong democracy." A politics of engagement rather than consignment, strong democracy empowers citizens to participate directly in community decision making.

Using examples of communities that are experimenting with various features of strong democratic systems, The Local Politics of Global Sustainability explains in engaging, accessible prose the crucial biophysical, economic, and social issues involved in achieving a sustainable world of our choice, rather than one imposed by external factors.

Synopsis:

In The Local Politics of Global Sustainability, author Thomas Prugh, with Robert Costanza and Herman Daly, two of the leading thinkers in the field of ecological economics, offer an in-depth examination of the elements of a re-energized political system that could lead to the development of more sustainable communities. The Local Politics of Global Sustainability explains in engaging, accessible prose the crucial biophysical, economic, and social issues involved with achieving sustainability, and offers a readable exploration of the political implications of ecological economics.

About the Author

Thomas Prugh is an energy analyst and writer who has written extensively on environment and energy issues. He is coauthor of Natural Capital and Human Economic Survival (ISEE, 1995).

Robert Costanza is director of the Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Maryland, based in Solomons, Maryland, and coauthor of Ecosystem Health (Island Press, 1992).

Herman Daly is senior research scholar in the School of Public Affairs of the University of Maryland in College Park, and author of Steady-State Economics (Island Press, 1991) and Beyond Growth (Beacon Press, 1997).

Table of Contents

  1. Minimum technical requirements for sustainability
  2. Aiming for genotopia
  3. Prelude to politics
  4. Engaging politics
  5. The once and future democracy
  6. Sustainability and strong democracy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559637442
Author:
Prugh, Thomas
Author:
Daly, Herman
Author:
Daly, Herman E.
Author:
Costanza, Robert
Publisher:
Island Press
Location:
Washington, D.C. :
Subject:
Environmental policy
Subject:
Local government
Subject:
Economic Policy
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Public Policy
Subject:
Sustainable Development
Subject:
Environmentalism
Subject:
Social ecology
Subject:
Poltical participation
Subject:
Development - Sustainable Development
Subject:
Public Policy - General
Subject:
TEC003070
Subject:
Political participation
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
99-4167
Publication Date:
19991201
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
196
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , In The Local Politics of Global Sustainability, Thomas Prugh, Robert Costanza, and Herman Daly explore the political implications of ecological economics. They envision a reenergized political system based on a type of self-governance that political scientist Benjamin Barber calls "strong democracy." A politics of engagement rather than consignment, strong democracy empowers citizens to participate directly in community decision making.

Using examples of communities that are experimenting with various features of strong democratic systems, The Local Politics of Global Sustainability explains in engaging, accessible prose the crucial biophysical, economic, and social issues involved in achieving a sustainable world of our choice, rather than one imposed by external factors.

"Synopsis" by , In The Local Politics of Global Sustainability, author Thomas Prugh, with Robert Costanza and Herman Daly, two of the leading thinkers in the field of ecological economics, offer an in-depth examination of the elements of a re-energized political system that could lead to the development of more sustainable communities. The Local Politics of Global Sustainability explains in engaging, accessible prose the crucial biophysical, economic, and social issues involved with achieving sustainability, and offers a readable exploration of the political implications of ecological economics.
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