Ecological Economics: The Science and Management of Sustainability

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Robert Costanza, Lisa Wainger
Columbia University Press, 1991 - Business & Economics - 525 pages

In the 1930s a band of smart and able young men, some still in their twenties, helped Franklin D. Roosevelt transform an American nation in crisis. They were the junior officers of the New Deal. Thomas G. Corcoran, Benjamin V. Cohen, William O. Douglas, Abe Fortas, and James Rowe helped FDR build the modern Democratic Party into a progressive coalition whose command over power and ideas during the next three decades seemed politically invincible.

This is the first book about this group of Rooseveltians and their linkage to Lyndon Johnson's Great Society and the Vietnam War debacle. Michael Janeway grew up inside this world. His father, Eliot Janeway, business editor of Time and a star writer for Fortune and Life magazines, was part of this circle, strategizing and practicing politics as well as reporting on these men. Drawing on his intimate knowledge of events and previously unavailable private letters and other documents, Janeway crafts a riveting account of the exercise of power during the New Deal and its aftermath. He shows how these men were at the nexus of reform impulses at the electoral level with reform thinking in the social sciences and the law and explains how this potent fusion helped build the contemporary American state. Since that time efforts to reinvent government by "brains trust" have largely failed in the U.S. In the last quarter of the twentieth century American politics ceased to function as a blend of broad coalition building and reform agenda setting, rooted in a consensus of belief in the efficacy of modern government.

Can a progressive coalition of ideas and power come together again? The Fall of the House of Roosevelt makes such a prospect both alluring and daunting.

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Going through the book I have strong desire to recomend that a Masters Level Educational program on Sustainable Development Practice need to be developed and seeks to address a critical gap in sustainable development education in a region where such capacity creation is most required.
The programme aims to provide rigorous postgraduate training for a new generation of development experts who shall be able to actually think of economics and its effective implementation to sustainable economics.
The Master's in Sustainable Development Practice aims to develop an international cadre of development professionals, well-equipped to tackle, beyond cultural boundaries and across sectoral divisions, the interwoven challenges of extreme poverty, disease, climate change and ecosystem vulnerability specific to the region.
One of the key objective is that the program will be able to enhance knowledge and skills necessary to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and promote best practice in the development sector and thus sustain the overall ecological economics beyond the defined boundaries of self centered growth thus look for an overall societal growth as a whole.
The programme will have to have a strong cross-disciplinary cross-sectoral orientation and a practice focus. It will draw on the teaching and research expertise of international leaders from diversified area.

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About the author (1991)

Edward D. berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University. He is the author of eight books and the editor of three collections. During the seventies he served as a staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda, helping President Carter plan for a second term that never came to be.

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