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Towards Sustainable Development

On the Goals of Development — and the Conditions of Sustainability

  • William M. Lafferty
  • Oluf Langhelle

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. William M. Lafferty, Oluf Langhelle
    Pages 1-29
  3. Jon Wetlesen
    Pages 30-47
  4. Nils Chr. Stenseth
    Pages 97-110
  5. Geir B. Asheim
    Pages 156-172
  6. William M. Lafferty, Oluf Langhelle
    Pages 213-239
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 240-270

About this book


The book brings together twelve original essays on the meaning and implications of sustainable development. The collection assesses the theoretical debate over the concept of sustainable development, and looks at the unique experiment in applying this practically which has taken place in Norway to discover how the concept can illuminate practical policy across a wide range of fields. Topics covered include sustainable development as a global ethics; the concept of need; global and generational equity; the limits of nature; implications for economics; and the role of technology. The editors outline the logic of the approach and draw together the implications of the individual studies for a more focused and consistent application of the concept.


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Editors and affiliations

  • William M. Lafferty
    • 1
  • Oluf Langhelle
    • 1
  1. 1.Programme for Research and Documentation for a Sustainable Society (ProSus)Research Council of NorwayOsloNorway

About the editors

PER ARIANSEN Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, University of Oslo GEIR B. ASHEIM Professor of Economics at the University of Oslo ANDREAS FOLLESDAL Research Associate at the ARENA Center, University of Oslo STEIN HANSEN economist and international consultant WENCHE HÅLAND Professor in Clinical Psychology and Head of the Polyclinic for Youths and Adults at the University of Bergen INGUNN MOSER Research Associate at the Center for Technology and Human Values, University of Oslo JON BIRGER SKJÆRSETH Research Fellow for the Research Council of Norway at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Oslo NILS CHR. STENSETH Professor of Zoology at the University of Oslo JON WETLESEN Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oslo

Bibliographic information


'Each one is an expert in their field and provides an erudite and comprehensive discussion of the topic and the issues that arise.' - John Baines, International Journal of Environmental Studies