Rethinking Consumer Behaviour for the Well-being of All: Reflections on Individual Consumer Responsibility

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Council of Europe, Jan 1, 2008 - Business & Economics - 167 pages
This guide invites the reader to think about consumption as one factor in the difficult task of building cohesive, sustainable societies based on the principle or universal well-being. The Council or Europe hopes that this reassessment will prompt people to question their choices as consumers: taking account of human rights, decent working conditions, the sustainable use of resources and our legacy to future generations. Surely consumption should be a responsible, socially committed act. An eclectic mix or academic articles, examples and illustrations makes this guide an unusual, informative work which can be readily used as the basis for discussions on this pressing social issue. This book, inspired by a contribution from the European Inter-Network of Ethical and Solidarity-Based Initiatives (IRIS), is intended as a "prototype": readers are free to adapt its contents to their own circumstances, to add relevant examples and to bring the ideas presented to life
 

Contents

Foreword
5
Consumption as an expression of citizenship
13
Democratisation
21
No need to edit? Is faith in consumer sovereignty justified?
33
From consumer sovereignty to consumer governance Room for choice in consumption
40
Consumers concerns and alternative choices
46
Contributing to general wellbeing through a more balanced approach
55
Value depreciation and the maintenance of wealth
63
synergies and tensions for wellbeing and civic engagement
87
consumption behaviour as political praxis
94
Combating excessive fragmentation by collective organisation of choices
104
Contributing to general wellbeing through prior links with producers
111
longdistance and short supply chains
124
Making consumers more aware of their responsibilities
139
how to make information accessible to
152
Appendix
167

Consuming with
70
Contributing to general wellbeing through a better choice of goods
77

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