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Reinventing Prosperity

Managing Economic Growth to Reduce Unemployment, Inequality and Climate Change

by (author) Graeme Maxton & Jorgen Randers

foreword by David Suzuki

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2016
Environmental Economics, Sustainable Development, Environmental Conservation & Protection, Developing Countries
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A persuasive economic argument that proves we can all live better lives in this finite world.



In Reinventing Prosperity, Graeme Maxton and Jorgen Randers offer a new approach with thirteen recommendations that should be possible to implement around the world. This book addresses the forty-year-old growth/no-growth debate by explaining how it is possible to reduce unemployment, poverty, inequality, and the pace of climate change and still have economic growth—if we want.

About the authors

Graeme Maxton is the Secretary General of the Club of Rome and a former regional director of the Economist Intelligence Unit in Asia. He is the author of The End of Progress–How Modern Economics Has Failed Us, which was nominated for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.

Graeme Maxton's profile page

Jorgen Randers is a professor of climate strategy at the Norwegian Business School, where he was president from 1981 until 1989. He is also a former Deputy Director General of WWF International and a co-author of the bestselling Limits to Growth.

Jorgen Randers' profile page

Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and Global 500. Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 27 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the long-running CBC television program The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It's a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies. His written work includes more than 52 books, 19 of them for children. Dr. Suzuki lives with his wife, Dr. Tara Cullis, and family in Vancouver, BC.

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Editorial Reviews

"An essential guide to those who want to change the world for the better—and for certain." — —Ha-Joon Chang, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge, author of23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism and Economics

"An important contribution to the global debate about growth, equality, climate change, and the path to a viable human future." — —David Korten, author of Change the Story, Change the Future

"This book is not just a 'must read,' its solutions are a 'must do'!" — — Stewart Wallis, Executive Director, New Economics Foundation 2003-2015

"A bold analysis smashing the doctrines of mainstream economics. Wonderful!" — —Ernst von Weizsäcker, Co-President of the Club of Rome

"Reinventing Prosperity is a compelling book, full of new insights and iconoclastic ideas." — —Roberto Peccei, Vice Chancellor for Research Emeritus, UCLA

"Graeme and Jorgen’s groundbreaking book gets us 13 steps closer to the carbon-free economy by 2050." — —Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Global Footprint Network

"A fascinating, data-rich look at some of the most fundamental questions our species has ever faced—and a striking argument for maturity over endless growth." — —Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

"This book has the power to induce policy changes that are imperative for the creation of an equitable, peaceful and sustainable future for human society." — —Rajendra K. Pachauri, Executive Vice Chairman, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

"A well-argued thesis. Reinventing Prosperity is a must-read primer for action." — —Sheila Murray, Founding Vice-Principal, Canadian Centre for Management Development

"Leaving conventional economics behind, Reinventing Prosperity charts a careful course between the Scylla of economic collapse and the Charybdis of climate catastrophe. It is an urgent call to action!" — —Peter G. Brown, Economics for the Anthropocene Project, McGill University

"A must-read for anyone who wants to create a better world." — — Prof. Robert Costanza, The Australian National University

"Maxton and Randers bring a rare combination of insight, pragmatism and a global perspective to the challenge of managing economies in the 21st century." — —Peter A. Victor PhD. FRSC, author of Managing without Growth: Slower by Design, not Disaster

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