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Growth Triumphant: The Twenty-first Century in Historical Perspective (Economics, Cognition, and Society) Hardcover – October 15, 1996

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  • Series: Economics, Cognition, and Society
  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press (October 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472106945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472106943
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,227,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By on August 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The sweep of human history and it's follow-through to the mid-21st Century are the subject of this remarkably short (154 pages excluding reference material) yet lucid volume. Easterlin abstracts the major trends in economic history, focussing on "the epoch of modern economic growth" and it's relationship with human population dynamics.
Analyzing these trends into a series of interrelated technological, organizational, and behavioral factors, he constructs a framework for projecting his view of the human condition over the next 50 years: "The future, then, to which the epoch of modern economic growth is leading is one of never ending economic growth, a world in which ever growing abundance is matched by ever rising aspirations, a world in which cultural differences are leveled in the constant race to achieve the good life of material plenty" (p. 153).
Lest critics be too hasty to reject this as so much cheerleading for a conventional Western world view, let them note that the author also questions whether this future will increase human happiness - he concludes that "in the end, the triumph of economic growth is not a triumph of humanity over material wants; rather, it is a triumph of material wants over humanity." (p. 154)
The major strength of this work is that it presents a concise, non-technical understanding of economic and social development as that understanding has been gained through the work of major theorists in the field of economic demography, such as Kuznets, Solow, Rostow, and Easterlin himself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Keim on July 10, 2010
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Growth Triumphant is first rate social science for the 20th Century. Environmental constraints that have moved us into the environmental paradigm at this point in human development [development not necessarily being a linear process.]are forming the parameters within which policy decisions are being made. The 21st Century analysis of the next fifty years, a major theme of Easterlin, is not consistant with what we know the environmental constraints will be. I view Easterlin's book as development historigraphy of what views emerged in the late 20th C before the environmental component was incorporated into everything we plan, and the constrasts that emerged.
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