ERIC Number: ED180848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Humangrowth: An Essay on Growth, Values and the Quality of Life.
Cleveland, Harlan; Wilson, Thomas W., Jr.
Five essays analyze human needs and values in relation to population and economic growth. The first, "The Trouble With Growth," discusses current problems: the benefits of growth are unfairly distributed; growth can damage the environment and waste resources; unproductive and dysfunctional growth is not distinguished from productive and socially useful growth; and economic growth compounds the difficulties of governance. The second essay, "The Trouble With No-Growth," points out the need for an alternative for growth. The author names the alternative human growth, which is, he states, growth as if people mattered. The third essay, "Transition South: Toward Basic Needs," discusses changing attitudes toward growth in developing nations. The fourth essay, "Transition North: Toward Human Choice," focuses on the nature of the new growth ethic as evidenced by a new skepticism of science and technology, a new emphasis on ecological causes and effects, a willingness to think with a global perspective, a surge of continuing education, and a turn from quantitative to qualitative criteria as measures of personal well-being. The final essay, "The Governance of Humangrowth," concerns problems which extend beyond national governments. In facing these global issues, priority must be given to the analysis of tradeoffs among alternative policies and actions, and providing those responsible for action access to the best thinking of those who are not. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Aspen Inst. for Humanistic Studies, New York, NY.
Note: Prepared through the Aspen Institute Program in International Affairs, Princeton, NJ