Principles of Sustainable Development

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Giancarlo Barbiroli
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Principles of Sustainable Development is the component of Encyclopedia of Development and Economic Sciences in the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty one Encyclopedias.

Sustainable Development is a term of differing definitions. Standing alone, the term is abstract and ambiguous. The meaning most often cited is that adopted by the World Commission on Environment and Development: meeting today’s true needs and opportunities without jeopardizing the integrity of the planetary life-support base – the environment – and diminishing its ability to provide for needs, opportunities, and quality of life in the future. This definition may serve as a general principle, but for a guide to action its components sustainability and development must be given substance: what is to be sustained and what developed? Is development essentially economic or material growth, and is sustainability mostly a means to keep economic growth growing? Consequently, should development represent means toward ecologically sustainable ends? The concept of ecological sustainability has been advanced as a restriction on economic development. It follows therefore that principles of sustainable development depend upon how the term is understood and how it is put into practice. Even so the definition of the World Commission on Environment and Development, given the adequate definition of variable needs, provides the most reliable principle for testing the qualitative and ecological sustainability of development proposals.

The Theme on Principles of Sustainable Development, in three volumes, deals with the diversity of points of view on this complex subject.

These three volumes are aimed at the following five major target audiences: University and College students Educators, Professional practitioners, Research personnel and Policy analysts, managers, and decision makers and NGOs.

Giancarlo Barbiroli is Full Professor of Technology of Production Cycles at the Faculty of Economics, University of Bologna, since 1975. His fields of research are techno-economic analyses carried out on production activities, in order to evaluate their main features, with regard to the technologies adopted and their global performance, the efficient use of energy sources and materials, the impacts on ecosystems, quality. He has set-up and implemented special indicators and models, able to measure the aspects of global performance of production activities, at company and economic system levels, which can be useful to make efficient and appropriate choices, as well as to improve methodological procedures. The branches of production he has systematically investigated, as important case studies to draw general assumptions, have been durable goods (automobiles, appliances), metals and materials (steel, aluminium, cement, paper, others), foodstuffs. Publications (180 articles and 14 books) have appeared in International Journals such as: Technovation, Energy Economics, Journal of Environmental Management, Energy Sources, Applied Energy, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Journal of Mathematical Economics, International Journal of Systems Science, International Journal of Sustainable Development and Industrial Ecology, Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research, Energy Policy, Resources Policy, Rassegna Economica, Note Economiche, and in the Proceedings of International Symposia. He has participated in the project of the Italian National Research Council with theme “Alternative technologies for a dynamic dependence” (1984-1987), and as coordinator of Theme 1. He has taught in 2 European Master Degrees on Environmental Management (Sofia and Ankara) organized by the International Centre for Technical Research in London and funded by the EU (1994-1997). He is a member of the Italian Society of Economists. He was Dean of the Faculty of Economics, University of Bologna (1984–1993), during the celebrations of the 9th Centenary of the University of Bologna

Table of Contents (42 Chapters)
  • 1. Principles of Sustainable Development

    Lynton K. Caldwell
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  • 2. Hierarchical Levels for Sustainable Development Principles

    Jeffrey S. Miller
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  • 3. Economic Management Principles for Sustainable Development

    Douglas Southgate
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  • 4. Sustainable Economic Systems

    G. Barbiroli
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  • 5. Sustainable Development and Global Industry

    Johannes Cornelis van Weenen
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  • 6. Sustainable Development and Local Industry

    Johannes Cornelis van Weenen
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  • 7. Indicators for Sustainable Development

    Harmen Verbruggen and Onno Kuik
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  • 8. Resources for Sustainable Development

    Sylvie Faucheux and Martin O’Connor
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  • 9. Sustainable Development of Natural Resource Capital

    Sylvie Faucheux
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  • 10. Sustainable Development of Human Resource Capital

    Clement Tisdell
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  • 11. Sustainable Development of Technological Resource Capital

    Matthias Ruth
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  • 12. Sustainable Development of Financial Resource Capital

    Elsa Assidon,Règis Mahieu
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  • 13. Sustainable Development of Institutional and Infrastructure Resource Capital

    Daniel W. Bromley
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  • 14. Distributive Justice and Sustainable Development

    Finn Arler
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  • 15. Intergenerational Equity, Human Rights, and Ethics Issues in Sustainable Development

    Martin O’Connor
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  • 16. Intragenerational Equity, Human Rights, and Ethics in Sustainable Development

    Joan Martinez-Alier,Martin O’Connor
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  • 17. Sustainability, Risk, and Protection

    Jason F. Shogren and Thomas D. Crocker
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  • 18. Assessing Health and Environmental Risk

    Jason F. Shogren
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  • 19. Human and Technological Response to Endogenous Environmental Risk

    Thomas D. Crocker and Jason F. Shogren
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  • 20. Managing Financial and Institutional Risk, and its Implications for Sustainable Development

    Tommy Stamland and Jason F. Shogren
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  • 21. Intellectual and Knowledge Capital for Sustainable Development at Local, National, Regional, and Global Levels

    Sylvie Faucheux
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  • 22. Social Development Information and Knowledge

    Marie France Jarret,Règis Mahieu
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  • 23. Cultural Development Information and Knowledge

    Martin O’Connor,Serge Latouche
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  • 24. Functionalism Versus Consumerism Development Information and Knowledge

    John Godfrey
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  • 25. Ecosystem and Environment Development Information and Knowledge

    Martin O'Connor
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  • 26. Natural NonRenewable Resource Development Information and Knowledge

    Giancarlo Barbiroli and Antonio Focacci
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  • 27. Water-Based Life Support System Development Information and Knowledge

    Martin O’Connor
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  • 28. Energy-Based Life Support System Development Information and Knowledge

    Poul Alberg Østergaard and Frede Kloster Hvelplund
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  • 29. Food and Agricultural System Development Information and Knowledge

    Jan Holm Ingemann
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  • 30. Human Settlement Development Information and Knowledge

    Dimitri Devuyst
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  • 31. Science and Technology Development Information and Knowledge

    I. Nicolaï
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  • 32. Economic and Financial System Development Information and Knowledge

    E. Assidon
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  • 33. Information Technology and Communication System Development: Information and Knowledge

    Martin O’Connor,M. Thompson
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  • 34. Institutional and Infrastructure System Development Information and Knowledge

    M. Ruth
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  • 35. International Standards (ISO 9000 and ISO 14000) Development Information and Knowledge

    L. Hens
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  • 36. Role of Performance Engineering in Sustainable Development

    K. B. Misra
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  • 37. Summary Principles for Sustainable Development

    Sylvie Faucheux
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  • 38. Weak and Strong Sustainability

    C. A. Withagen
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  • 39. Endogenous Growth and Sustainable Development: A Critical Assessment

    P. Schembri
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  • 40. International Competitiveness, Technological Change and Sustainability

    Giancarlo Barbiroli,Andrea Raggi
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  • 41. Legal Issues and Incentives for Sustainability

    D. W. Bromley
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  • 42. The Future of Sustainable Development

    D. Southgate,D. Hertzmark
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