"A controversial book whose findings will be debated by economists worldwide. Highly recommended." -- - Library Journal
"A great many people are now questioning growth's benefits, yet remain burdened with a lingering fear that ending the quest for growth may end human progress, confine the poor to eternal deprivation, and impose great sacrifice. The Growth Illusion puts such fears to rest with clarity, authority, and compassion. Its message is as profoundly hopeful as it is timely and important." -- -from the Foreword by David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World
"Here's an economist who can entertain, blowing the whistle on idiocies like the GNP (which makes a country stripping itself bare the best off in the world)... After reading Douthwaite's vivid and convincing case studies it becomes impossible to hear a politician promising recovery (and hence a new bout of consuming) without feeling mingled pity and contempt" -- - Rowland Morgan, The Independent on Sunday
"Richard Douthwaite is an economist with a sharp pen and a gift for nosing out statistics that show we have not progressed as we thought." -- Walter Schwarz, The Guardian
A terrific book, splendidly written and meticulously researched. I have no hesitation in calling Richard Douthwaite one of the best environmental journalists in the world." -- - James Downey, The Universe
About the Author
Richard Douthwaite is an economist and writer with a special interest in climate and energy issues and in local economic development. His best-known book, The Growth Illusion: How Economic Growth Enriched the Few, Impoverished the Many and Endangered the Planet explores the effects that the pursuit of growth has had on the environment and society. He is a co-founder of Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability, the Dublin-based international network of people who believe that the world's sustainability problems are due to the use of dysfunctional systems and are trying to develop better ones. His current projects include the design and introduction of novel financing arrangements for community energy projects and the management of the Carbon Cycles and Sinks Network which explores ways in which land-based greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced. He lives in Westport, Co. Mayo.