Systematic Distortion in Planning and Assessment

  • John Davoll
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 3)


The publication of “The Limits to Growth” by Meadows et al. in 1972, with its claims that continued growth of human numbers or material consumption would terminate in catastrophic collapse, made a substantial impact on public opinion. This was speedily followed by a counter-reaction, described by one commentator as “the conventional wisdom strikes back”. Economists were first into the fray, propelled by a fear that acceptance of limits to growth would render much of their stock in trade valueless, and uninhibited by any real knowledge of how the physical world actually works.


Systematic Distortion Catastrophic Collapse Human Number Tentative Recommendation Significant General Effect 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Davoll
    • 1
  1. 1.The Conservation SocietyChertsey, SurreyUK

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