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Short Circuit: Strengthening Local Economies for Security in an Unstable World

Douthwaite, Richard

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ISBN 10: 1874675600 / ISBN 13: 9781874675600
Published by Lilliput Pr Ltd, Ireland, 1997
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: Short Circuit: Strengthening Local Economies...

Publisher: Lilliput Pr Ltd, Ireland

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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With the deregulation of international trade and a free movement of capital, the world economy is more unstable than ever. This work is written from a perspective which suggests that the world economy is liable to collapse, and as such it cannot be relied upon to provide all the goods, food, fuel and services required to live. The book argues that each community should develop an independent economy capable of restoring full employment to its area and ensuring the supply of goods and services should the mainstream economy collapse. It demonstrates how this could be done by supplying details of local energy-generation, currency, banking and food-supply systems, as well as detailing case studies of local communities at work in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, the USA, Britain and Ireland.

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Richard Douthwaite is an economist and writer with a special interest in climate and energy issues and in local economic development. His best-known book, The Growth Illusion: How Economic Growth Enriched the Few, Impoverished the Many and Endangered the Planet explores the effects that the pursuit of growth has had on the environment and society. He is a co-founder of Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability, the Dublin-based international network of people who believe that the world's sustainability problems are due to the use of dysfunctional systems and are trying to develop better ones. His current projects include the design and introduction of novel financing arrangements for community energy projects and the management of the Carbon Cycles and Sinks Network which explores ways in which land-based greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced.

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