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Growth and development


Higgs, K, Growth and development, Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance, Routledge, A Kalfagianni, D Fuchs, A Hayden (ed), Abingdon, pp. 180-192. ISBN 9781138048287 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4324/9781315170237-15


Economic growth defined by increasing gross domestic product (GDP) has been advanced as the key process required to facilitate development, but it has failed to distribute wealth equitably and has ignored encroaching problems of planetary limits, instead relying on the "decoupling" of economic expansion from environmental impacts. Economic growth has functioned as the bedrock of international development practice still embedded in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of 2015. The SDGs now include explicit environmental objectives, but core contradictions exist between these goals and the social and economic goals that involve increasing material flows. The development successes seen in China have come at significant environmental cost while, in India, the mainstream Gujarat model contrasts with Development Alternatives, a social enterprise in central India, which pursues livelihoods and real human needs rather than GDP growth.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:growth, development, planetary limits, distribution, sustainable development goals (SDGs) China, India
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Economic development policy
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Other economic framework
Objective Field:Other economic framework not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Higgs, K (Dr Kerryn Higgs)
ID Code:137026
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-01-29
Last Modified:2021-01-27

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