Manufacturing Green Prosperity: The Power to Rebuild the American Middle Class: The Power to Rebuild the American Middle Class

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ABC-CLIO, Jul 12, 2010 - Social Science - 293 pages

Manufacturing Green Prosperity: The Power to Rebuild the American Middle Class connects two critical issues: the importance of manufacturing to the growth and fair distribution of national wealth and the need to create an environmentally sustainable society. In so doing, the book offers groundbreaking arguments demonstrating the centrality of manufacturing and shows ways in which creating a green economy will rebuild U.S. manufacturing and expand the middle class.

Drawing from the fields of political science, economics, ecology, history, engineering, and philosophy, the author challenges existing myths about manufacturing, exposes the weaknesses of neoclassical economics, and proposes a production-centered alternative. America, he persuasively argues, needs a sophisticated, green manufacturing base in order to create an entirely new transportation and energy infrastructure-one that will make cities ecologically sustainable; prevent the worst effects of global warming; protect vulnerable ecosystems; and counter the depletion of oil, coal, and other critical natural resources.

 

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Contents

An Overview
1
A ProductionCentered Economic Paradigm
23
The Rise and Possible Decline of Modern Society
79
A Design for a Green Transformation
165
Notes
267
Selected Bibliography
283
Index
289
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Jon Rynn, PhD, is visiting scholar at the City University of New York's Institute for Urban Systems. He received his doctorate in international relations from the City University of New York and was adjunct professor of political science at Baruch College.

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