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The Growth Delusion: The Wealth and Well-Being of Nations - David Pilling

25-01-2018

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

The Growth Delusion: The Wealth and Well-Being of Nations

The Growth Delusion: The Wealth and Well-Being of Nations
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In a book that is simultaneously trenchant, thought-provoking and entertaining, Pilling argues that we need to measure our successes and failures using different criteria. While for economic growth, heroin consumption and prostitution are worth more than volunteer work or public services, in a rational world we would learn how to value what makes economies better, not just what makes them bigger. So much of what is important to our wellbeing, from clean air to safe streets and from steady jobs to sound minds, lies outside the purview of our standard measure of success. We prioritise growth maximisation without stopping to think about the costs.

In prose that cuts through the complex language so often wielded by a priesthood of economists, Pilling argues that our steadfast loyalty to growth is informing misguided policies - and contributing to a rising mistrust of experts that is shaking the very foundations of our democracy.

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is a probing, nourishing and independent-minded book -- Praise for 'Bending Adversity', David Mitchell Fascinating and well-researched ... Pilling's experience as a journalist lends Bending Adversity a welcome veracity it might otherwise have lacked ... poignant, insightful, understated, heart breaking but also often uplifting -- Praise for 'Bending Adversity' * Independent * Bending Adversity does an excellent job of reappraising [Japan's] lost years of economic deflation and social and political stagnation ... There has to be a way, says Pilling, that we can live without growth. This fascinating and timely book shows us where to look for it -- Praise for 'Bending Adversity' * Spectator *
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