Alternative Development Strategies for the Post-2015 Era

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The global economic crisis of 2008-2009 exposed systemic failings at the core of economic policymaking worldwide. The crisis came on top of several other crises, including skyrocketing and highly volatile world food and energy prices and climate change. This book argues that new policy approaches are needed to address such devastating global development challenges and to avoid the potentially catastrophic consequences to livelihoods worldwide that are likely to result from present approaches. The contributors to the book are independent development experts brought together to identify a development strategy capable of promoting a broad-based economic recovery and at the same time guaranteeing social equity and environmental sustainability both within countries and internationally. This new development approach seeks to promote the reforms needed to improve global governance, providing a more equitable distribution of global public goods.




Since the beginning of the twenty-first century the world economy has been affected by a severe “quadruple crisis”. Persistent financial instability, food insecurity, climate change and other environmental threats and widening economic inequality have emerged as major interdependent crises with global ramifications. This book suggests new global development pathways aimed at addressing these four crises simultaneously. The new development strategies proposed in the volume require a major departure from existing policy approaches and would require transformative changes in global consumption and production patterns and national and international regulatory frameworks.


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