Small Is Beautiful : A Study of Economics as if People Mattered, Paperback Book

Small Is Beautiful : A Study of Economics as if People Mattered Paperback

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Small is Beautiful is E. F. Schumacher's stimulating and controversial study of economics and its purpose.

This remarkable book examines our modern economic system - its use of resources and impact on how we live - questioning whether they reflect what we truly care about.

The revolutionary ideas are as pertinent, inspirational and thought-provoking today as when they were first published in 1973.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Sociology: work & labour
  • ISBN: 9780099225614



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This book should be required reading in schools - it is that good. Insightful, clear and to the point, the author's analysis of the issues is as relevant today as it was when he wrote it.His basic premise is that fossil fuels are capital , and yet we consume it like it is a revenue stream, and this is ultimately destructive. Instead we should spend our capital resources in order to create the infrastructure for sustainability. This book inspired the organic movement, and is the intellectual basis of so much of environmentalism. We ignore its lessons at our peril.