Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered

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Harper Collins, Oct 19, 2010 - Business & Economics - 352 pages
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Small Is Beautiful is Oxford-trained economist E. F. Schumacher’s classic call for the end of excessive consumption. Schumacher inspired such movements as “Buy Locally” and “Fair Trade,” while voicing strong opposition to “casino capitalism” and wasteful corporate behemoths. Named one of the Times Literary Supplement’s 100 Most Influential Books Since World War II, Small Is Beautiful presents eminently logical arguments for building our economies around the needs of communities, not corporations.

  

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User Review  - raschneid - LibraryThing

Oof, tried to read this but found it dated and preachy. Some of Schumacher's fundamental ideas are wonderful and important, but I can't read books that make blanket statements about the iniquity and ... Read full review

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Read for class. Several extremely interesting economic ideas, including pointing out some of the flaws with some economic statistical models, as well as offering some very interesting solutions. I ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction by Theodore Roszak
1
The Problem of Production
13
Peace and Permanence
23
The Role of Economics
42
Buddhist Economics
56
A Question of Size
67
The Greatest ResourceEducation
83
The Proper Use of Land
108
Social and Economic Problems Calling for
181
Two Million Villages
202
The Problem of Unemployment in India
218
A Machine to Foretell the Future?
237
Towards a Theory of LargeScale
257
Socialism
271
Ownership
279
New Patterns of Ownership
290

Resources for Industry
125
Nuclear EnergySalvation or Damnation?
142
Technology with a Human Face
155
Development
173
Epilogue
313
Notes and Acknowledgments
319
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E. F. Schumacher (1911–1977) was a German Rhodes Scholar in economics and, with the help of John Maynard Keynes, later taught at Oxford University. He was also the president of the Soil Association, chief economist for Britain’s National Coal Board, and founder of the Intermediate Technology Development Group. His best-known books are Small Is Beautiful and A Guide for the Perplexed.

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