Here are two lists for the post-growth, steady state economy. The first list is for those of you who haven’t done much reading or are new to the topics. I would suggest reading them for an introduction into steady state concepts and then move on to the more in-depth list. The second list is what I consider (so far) to be the top books/articles – the “must haves” on your post growth reading list and is an expanded companion to the introduction list.
If you only read 5, 10, or 16 books/articles about sustainable economics and post-growth thought these are my suggestions:
Introduction to Post Growth, Steady State Economics
- Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train, by Brian Czech
- Thought Control in Economics, Adbusters Issue #85
- Deep Economy, by Bill Mckibben
- Prosperity Without Growth, report by Prof. Tim Jackson at the SDC (now a book)
- The Great Transition, report by New Economics Foundation
Further Post Growth Reading
- Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications, by Herman Daly & Joshua Farley
- Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, by E. F. Schumacher
- Peak Everything, by Richard Heinberg
- Managing without Growth, by Peter Victor
- Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World (Global Century Series), by J. R. McNeill
- The Lorax, by Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) – this is Rob Dietz‘s pick.
- Life in the Land Without Growth, special report from New Scientist
- The Economics of the Coming Spaceship Earth, by Kenneth Boulding
- The Costs of Economic Growth, by E. J. Mishan
- The Affluent Society, by John Kenneth Galbraith
- Beyond Growth: Economics of Sustainable Development, by Herman Daly
- New Economy, a collection of articles by Yes! Magazine and David Korten
There you have it. There are many other books/articles/blogs out there and I would definitely recommend you read as much as you can on anything that interests you. My problem usually lies in having more books to read than I have time to devote to them. I’m sure there are worse up-hill battles to be in, though.