The Growth Delusion: The Wealth and Well-Being of Nations

Autor David Pilling
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 25 ian 2018
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING 2019'A near miracle' Ha-Joon Chang, author of23 Things They Don't Tell You About CapitalismInThe Growth Delusion, author and prize-winning journalist David Pilling explores how economists and their cult of growth have hijacked our policy-making and infiltrated our thinking about what makes societies work. Our policies are geared relentlessly towards increasing our standard measure of growth, Gross Domestic Product. By this yardstick we have never been wealthier or happier. So why doesn't it feel that way? Why are we living in such fractured times, with global populism on the rise and wealth inequality as stark as ever?In a book that is simultaneously trenchant, thought-provoking and entertaining, Pilling argues that we need to measure our successes and failures using different criteria. While for economic growth, heroin consumption and prostitution are worth more than volunteer work or public services, in a rational world we would learn how to value what makes economies better, not just what makes them bigger. So much of what is important to our wellbeing, from clean air to safe streets and from steady jobs to sound minds, lies outside the purview of our standard measure of success. We prioritise growth maximisation without stopping to think about the costs. In prose that cuts through the complex language so often wielded by a priesthood of economists, Pilling argues that our steadfast loyalty to growth is informing misguided policies - and contributing to a rising mistrust of experts that is shaking the very foundations of our democracy.
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ISBN-13: 9781408893715
ISBN-10: 1408893711
Pagini: 352
Dimensiuni: 153 x 234 x 30 mm
Greutate: 0.54 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Publishing
Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom


David Pilling is an editor of the FT and the winner of several journalistic prizes, including Best Commentator prize by the Society of Publishers in Asia in both 2011 and 2012 and Best Foreign Commentator for 2011 in the UK's Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards for coverage of China, Japan and Pakistan

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David Pilling has been a prize-winning reporter and editor for theFinancial Timesfor twenty-five years. Currently the Africa editor and one of their featured columnists, he was previously the Asia editor, running coverage across the continent. His first book,Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival(Allen Lane, 2014), received outstanding reviews. He lives in London but travels frequently to Africa.@davidpilling


Amost thoughtful and profound philosophical reflectionon how we live our lives, organise our societies and shape the future of humanity. Itshould be compulsory readingfor everyone who is interested in making the world a better place
A welcome antidote to the gospel according to GDP
Awitty, well-informed and well-travelled guide to our obsession with growth... If he sometimes makes fun of measurement, he also makes measurement fun. A real achievement
Engaging and enlightening,The Growth Delusionexplains not only why the emperor has no clothes, but why he wasn't really the emperor in the first place
If you thought that GDP did not necessarily translate into increased welfare, David Pilling shows you convincingly why you were right. One of theFinancial Times' most brilliant columnists, Pilling has produceda book that will become a classic
Excellent.The argument for better ways of measuring prosperity is steadily gathering momentum
A rare beast: a book on economics that is well written, accessible and - whisper it - entertaining! Witty, widely travelled and well-informed, David Pilling is an excellent guide to the pitfalls and shortcomings of GDP and a trenchant exponent of the need to move beyond the 'cult of growth'
Sharp and engaging... Pilling argues that gross domestic product (GDP) is an arbitrary, oversimplified human invention that we slavishly follow, and growth is a modern "cult". Like all cults, it requires unquestioning allegiance - in this case the one-decimal-point figure produced by national statisticians every three months. Pilling, who has written about GDP from five continents over 20 years for theFT, started asking questions about the cult and couldn't stop ... Pilling is right that the spell needs to be broken ...Entertaining and well-argued
A surprisingly zippy book that has the potential to take a smart riposte of mindless growth into mainstream debate. Pilling isn't afraid to make the well-worn criticisms of GDP, and does with clarity and force. But the real beauty of the book is how effortlessly he takes this argument a step further, demonstrating how GDP often makes no sense whatsoever, even taken on its own terms . A wonderful book .A surprisingly addictive page turner, capable of captivating the general readeron a subject known for making eyes glaze over . By injecting a credible dose of ambivalence into common assumptions about GDP he offers a very welcome entry into post-2008 economic writing
Briskly and engagingly, David Pilling alerts us to our impoverished sense of reality in an age that has sacrificed quality to quantity.The Growth Delusionshould be read by everyone who wants to make sense of the political earthquakes of our time
This is anexcellent and timely bookwhich should be mandatory reading for policymakers, economists, investors and, yes, journalists. It exposes the folly of our modern obsession with a narrow concept of economics and our reliance on gross domestic product data as a sign of well being - and does this in alively, well written, and easy-to-understand way
Entertaining and well-argued
InThe Growth DelusionPilling makesan important yet complicated subject accessible to experts and non-experts alike. The book offers a most insightful and at times witty guide to the essential question: what precisely is economic growth for and how can it be harnessed to improve the lives of people in poor countries as well as rich ones?
This isa fascinating and extremely readable bookwhich engagingly challenges many of our assumptions about what makes for a successful economy and a happy life
What economics needs now, what we all need, are people who can bring it back to life. InThe Growth DelusionPilling does exactly that, charting the idea of economic growth from its birth to the presentthrough countless vivid stories