Envisioning shared goals for humanity: a detailed, shared vision of a sustainable and desirable USA in 2100

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Title: Envisioning shared goals for humanity: a detailed, shared vision of a sustainable and desirable USA in 2100
Author: Farley, J.; Costanza, R.
Abstract: Economics has been defined as the science of allocation of scarce resources towards alternative ends. This definition implies that the first step in economic analysis is to determine what ends are desirable for society. Most sectors of the society would agree that sustainability is a desirable end, but there is little agreement as to what a sustainable future would look like. The University of Maryland Institute for Ecological Economics sponsored a democratic future search process designed to create a relatively detailed, shared vision of a sustainable and desirable USA in the year 2100. This paper presents the vision developed at that conference, examines the resources required to achieve the vision, and assesses the suitability of market mechanisms for allocating the required resources towards the desired ends. We find that markets are not efficient mechanisms for allocation in this case, and propose the institutions of a 'strong democracy' as a promising alternative. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
URI: ./pubpdfs/Farley_2002_Ecological_Economics.pdf
http://hdl.handle.net/2051/16951
Date: 2002

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