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Wealth, Poverty and Sustainable Development

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  • David Barkin

    (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Xochimilco, Mexico)

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An analysis of the underlying causes of environment destruction debunks the idea that the poor are the principal cause of environmental degradation in present-day societies. The paper also identifies some of the major areas of economic theory and institutional biases in market economies that generate obstacles to the 'proper' functioning of markets. As a result, even the more advanced prescriptions of modern environmental economics are incapable of explaining the deepening of social and economic polarization and the worsening of the environmental conditions in which poor people must exist. The paper ends with a proposal for overcoming this growing crisis through local participation and action.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Development and Comp Systems with number 0506003.

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Length: 54 pages
Date of creation: 09 Jun 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpdc:0506003

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Keywords: political ecology; sustainability; polarization; heterodox economics; development alternatives;

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Cited by:
  1. David Barkin, 2003. "Alleviating Poverty Through Ecotourism: Promises and Reality in the Monarch Butterfly Reserve of Mexico," Environment, Development and Sustainability, Springer, vol. 5(3), pages 371-382, September.
  2. Patrick Webb, 2002. "Cultivated Capital: Agriculture, Food Systems and Sustainable Development," Working Papers in Food Policy and Nutrition 15, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
  3. Hudson-Rodd, Nancy & Nyunt, Myo, 2001. "Control Of Land And Life In Burma," Tenure Briefs 12817, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Land Tenure Center.
  4. Tim Wise & Eliza Waters, 2001. "Community Control in a Global Economy: Lessons from Mexico's Economic Integration Process," International Trade 0106002, EconWPA.
  5. Tim Wise & Eliza Waters, . "01-03 "Community Control in a Global Economy: Lessons from Mexico's Economic Integration Process"," GDAE Working Papers 01-03, GDAE, Tufts University.

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