Inspirational readings

The LiLi project and team exist because we have been and continue to be inspired from many directions by articles, books, projects and people. This page includes some of them.

Economics for a finite planet

Kate Raworth (2017) Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist. Random House Business
Peter A. Victor (2008) Managing without Growth: Slower by Design, Not Disaster. Edward Elgar
Tim Jackson (2017) Prosperity Without Growth (2nd Ed). Routledge
Joan Martinez-Alier (2003) The Environmentalism of the Poor. Edward Elgar
Clive Spash (Ed) (2017) Routledge Handbook of Ecological Economics. Routledge
Rob Dietz & Dan O’Neill (2013) Enough is enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources. Routledge
Milena Buchs & Max Koch (2017) Postgrowth and Wellbeing: Challenges to Sustainable Welfare. Palgrave
Ian Gough (2017) Heat, Greed and Human Need: Climate Change, Capitalism and Sustainable Wellbeing. Edward Elgar
Arild Vatn (2015) Environmental Governance: Institutions, Policies and Actions. Edward Elgar
Giorgos Kallis (2012). The Economics of Degrowth, Ecological Economics 84: 172-180
John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark & Richard York (2010) The Ecological Rift. Monthly Review Press

Ideas for changing the world

Giacamo D’Alisa, Frederico Demaria & Giorgos Kallis (2015) Degrowth: a Vocabulary for a New Era. Abingdon
Donella Meadows (2008) Thinking in Systems. A Primer. Earthscan
Naomi Klein (2014) This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the climate. Simon & Schuster Paperbacks
Amartya Sen (2000) Development as Freedom. Anchor Books
Martha Nussbaum (2011) Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach. Belknap
Naomi Oreskes & Erik Conway (2013). The collapse of western civilization. Daedalus 142(1), 40-58
Elinor Ostrom (1990) Governing the Commons. Cambridge University Press
Guy Standing (2017) Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen. Pelican
Anna Coote & Jane Franklin (eds.) (2013) Time on Our Side: Why we all need a shorter working week. Nef
Jason Moore (2015) Capitalism in the Web of Life. Verso
Paolo Freire (1970) Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Continuum

Oldies but “greaties”

Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen (1971) The Entropy Law and the Economic Process. Harvard University Press
Murray Bookchin (1982/2005) The Ecology of Freedom. The Emergence and Dissolution of Hierarchy. Cheshire Books
Herman Daly (1973) Toward a Steady-State Economy. W.H. Freeman & Co Ltd
Herman Daly (1997) Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development. Beacon Press
Ernst F. Schumacher (1973) Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered. Blond and Briggs
Henry David Thoreau (1854) Walden
K. William Kapp (1961) Towards a Science of Man in Society. Martinus Nijhoff
Kenneth E. Boulding (1966) The Economics of the Coming Spaceship Earth

History of ideas in economics

Robert Heilbroner (1953) The Worldly Philosophers: the Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers
Karl Polanyi. (1944) The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time. Beacon Press
Dimitris Milonakis & Ben Fine (2008) From Political Economy to Economics. Routledge
Ha-Joon Chang (2014). Economics: The User’s Guide. Pelican
Clive Spash (1999) The Development of Environmental Thinking in Economics. Environmental Values 8, 413-435
Inge Røpke (2004) The early history of modern ecological economics. Ecological Economics 50, 293-314
Inge Røpke (2005). Trends in the development of ecological economics. Ecological Economics 55, 262-290