A Sustainable Economy for the 21st Century
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  • Paperback
  • 64
  • 1998
  • 9781888363753

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A Sustainable Economy for the 21st Century

Juliet Schor

In this groundbreaking pamphlet Juliet Schor, author of The Overworked American, examines how Americans can begin making the shift away from a resource-destructive society to one that values the environment, community, and quality of life above business and profit. She traces back how after World War II, Americans had hoped that technology and social investment would yield shorter work weeks, more pay, and complete healthcare. Instead, we work more, get paid less, and maintain an indecent adult minimum wage. Where did we go wrong?

Schor's pamphlet charts an economic vision based that aims to reduce work hours, increase leisure, create new work schedules that are not operating on a "male" model of employment, create green quotas and industry-wide environmental standards, alternative housing and transportation, raise minimum wage, restructure labor relations, change corporate culture, and promote social accountability. The pamphlet "sets the guideposts," writes Noam Chomsky, "for constructive thinking and action to save our country from becoming a plaything for investors and transnational corporations, and to place its fate in the hands of its citizens."


"Juliet Schor's lucid and expert analysis is very much what is needed to convert the current harangue over economic policy to an informed debate." —Noam Chomsky

"Not just another liberal wish-list, A Sustainable Economy offers the first coherent program for social justice and ecological sanity." —Barbara Ehrenreich

About Juliet Schor

JULIET SCHOR is the author of the best-selling book, The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure (Basic Books, 1992). Schor earned her B.A. from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has been teaching at Harvard University since 1984, where she is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Women's Studies. She is presently at work on a new book tentatively titled, Beyond Consumerism.

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