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Designing the Green Economy

The Post-Industrial Alternative to Corporate Globalization

Brian Milani

Designing the Green Economy explores realistically, and in detail, the worldOs enormous potential for human and ecological regeneration. It also explains why this potential has been suppressed or distorted by industrial institutions_thus creating economic crisis, growing inequality, and environmental destruction. The first half of the book looks at the challenge ecological change has represented to capitalism, as well as capitalismOs repressive response: the waste economy, as expressed in postwar Fordist capitalism and current trends toward a globalized economy. But today Othe great divideO between waste and green economies can be narrowed by emerging legal, institutional, and market approaches to production and environmentalism. In Part II, Milani explores the practical and theoretical implications of fully unleashing these new productive forces to create community-based ecological economies. Milani argues that neither sustainability, social justice nor economic stability can be secured without comprehensive redesign of the economy along ecological principles. It looks at key sectors of the economy_including manufacturing, energy, and money and finance_to illustrate how this redesign can, and is, taking place through both incremental grassroots initiatives and transformative politics. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 250Size: 0 x 0
978-0-7425-7675-9 • eBook • September 2000 • $32.99 • (£22.95)
Brian Milani is research coordinator for Eco-Materials Project in Toronto, Canada.

Chapter 1 Introduction: Dimensions of Green Economics
Chapter 2 Beyond Materialism: The Post-Industrial Redefinition of Wealth
Chapter 3 Industrialism and Quantitative Development
Chapter 4 Crisis and Waste: Fordism and the Effluent Society
Chapter 5 Post-Fordism: Casino Capitalism and the Production of Illth
Chapter 6 New Productive Forces and Emerging Human Potentials
Chapter 7 The New Ecology of Politics
Chapter 8 Designing the Green Economy
Chapter 9 Eco-Design: Principles of the Green Economy
Chapter 10 The Ecological Space of Flows: The Built-Environment
Chapter 11 Transformative Energy: the Soft Energy Path
Chapter 12 Living in De-Material World: Manufacturing, Resource Use, and the Media
Chapter 13 True Value Software: Regenerative Money and Finance
Chapter 14 The State and Beyond: Post-Industrial Forms of Regulation
Brian Milani has given us an excellent design manual—'a complete strategy for regenerative finance'—including a first class analysis of community money and its part in building the sustainable community.....
Michael Linton

Brian Milani's Designing the Green Economy is a very timely and courageous book. The author not only gives us a very convincing and well-documented analysis of the reasons for the collapse of the post-war Fordist economy, the rise of neoliberal Casino Capitalism, and why this economy produces more 'illth' than wealth. He also shows that a transition to an alternative Green Economy is both necessary and possible. For all those who begin to question the promises of those who, in the face of global economic, ecological, and social crises, still continue with just 'more of the same,' this book is a must...
Maria Mies

What a surpirsing mix of theoretical ambition and practical experience! Reading this book sharpens your view on the post-materialist society in the making.....
Wolfgang Sachs, author of Planet Dialectics

Brian Milani's work is a pathbreaking contribution into the alternatives opened up by the 'new materialism' and how it can enhance environmental and social justice.....
Robin Murray

This is an important book, both in terms of its content and its intent. Soundly rooted in today's social and political context, it offers a crucial perspective on technology that all people should consider very seriously.....
Ursula M. Franklin, author of The Real World of Technology