The CASSE reading list provides a useful list of articles, books, book reviews, and other publications about the steady state economy, limits to economic growth, ecological economics, and sustainability issues. Where available, these resources can be downloaded from the listings. Publications are sorted into the following categories:

CASSE also maintains a more extensive bibliography on these and related topics. Please contact us if you want more information about resources in our bibliography. In some cases, we may be able to email you a pdf version of a document.

Must-Read Books

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Czech, Brian. 2013. Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution. New Society, Gabriola Island, Canada.

Czech, Brian. 2000. Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train: Errant Economists, Shameful Spenders, and a Plan to Stop Them All. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

Daly, Herman. 1997. Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development. Beacon Press, Boston, Massachusetts.

Daly, Herman. 1991. Steady-State Economics, 2nd edition. Island Press, Washington, DC.

Dietz, Rob and Dan O’Neill. 2013. Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources. Berrett-Koehler, San Francisco, California.

Gilding, Paul. 2011. The Great Disruption. Bloomsbury Press, London, UK.

Jackson, Tim. 2009. Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet. Earthscan, London, U.K.

McKibben, Bill. 2007. Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. Henry Holt and Company, New York, New York.

Meadows DH, Randers J, Meadows DL. 2004. Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update. Chelsea Green, White River Junction, Vermont.

Odum, H. T. and Elisabeth Odum. 2001. A Prosperous Way Down. University Press of Colorado.

Schumacher, E.F. 1973. Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered. Harper and Row Publishers, Inc., New York, New York.

College-Level Textbooks

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Czech, Brian. 2013. Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State SolutionNew Society, Gabriola Island, Canada.

Common, Michael and Sigrid Stagl. 2005. Ecological Economics: An Introduction. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.

Daly, Herman. 2014. From Uneconomic Growth to a Steady State Economy. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, United Kingdom.

Daly, Herman and Joshua Farley. 2011. Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications. 2nd ed. Island Press, Washington, DC.

Georgescu-Roegen, Nicholas. 1971. The Entropy Law and the Economic Process. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Foundational Essays

Boulding, Kenneth. 1966. “The Economics of the Coming Spaceship Earth” in H. Jarrett (ed.), Environmental Quality in a Growing Economy, pp. 3-14. Resources for the Future/Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland.

Czech, B., and H. Daly. 2004. The steady state economy: what it is, entails, and connotes. Wildlife Society Bulletin 32(2):598-605.

Hardin, Garrett. 1968. “Tragedy of the Commons.Science, volume 162, pages 1243-1248.

Mill, John Stuart. 1848. “Of the Stationary State,” Book IV, Chapter VI in Principles of Political Economy: With Some of Their Applications to Social Philosophy, J.W. Parker, London, England.

Schumacher, E.F. 1966. “Buddhist Economics” in Guy Wint (ed.), Asia: A Handbook, Anthony Blond Ltd., London, U.K.

Vitousek, Peter, Paul Ehrlich, Anne Ehrlich, and Pam Matson. 1986. Human Appropriation of the Products of Photosynthesis. Bioscience 36:368-373.

Scholarly Journal Articles and Reports

Clausen R. and R. York. 2008. Economic growth and marine biodiversity: influence of human social structure on decline of marine trophic levels. Conservation Biology 22(2):458-466.

Czech, B. 2006. Steady state economy. Encyclopedia of Earth. Eds. Tom Tietenberg et al., National Council for Science and the Environment, Washington, DC.

Czech, B. 2009. Ecological economics, in Encyclopaedia of Life Support Systems. Developed under the auspices of UNESCO-EOLSS Publishers, Oxford, UK (copy compliments of UNESCO).

Czech, B. 2009. The self-sufficient services fallacy. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7(5):240-241.

Czech, B. 2008. Prospects for reconciling the conflict between economic growth and biodiversity conservation with technological progress. Conservation Biology 22(6):1389-1398.

Czech, B. 2007. The foundation of a new conservation movement: professional society positions on economic growth. Bioscience 57(1):6-7.

Czech, B., D. L. Trauger, J. Farley, R. Costanza, H. E. Daly, C. A. S. Hall, R. F. Noss, L. Krall, and P. R. Krausman. 2005. Establishing indicators for biodiversity. Science 308:791-792. (Proposes GDP as an indicator of biodiversity decline.)

Czech, B., and H. Daly. 2004. The steady state economy: what it is, entails, and connotes. Wildlife Society Bulletin 32(2):598-605.

Czech, B., P. Angermeier, H. Daly, P. Pister, and R. Hughes. 2004. Fish conservation, sustainable fisheries, and economic growth: no more fish stories. Fisheries 29(8):36-37.

Czech, B. 2004. Taking on the economic triangle! Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 2:227.

Czech, B., P. R. Krausman, and P. K. Devers. 2000. Economic associations among causes of species endangerment in the United States. Bioscience 50(7):593-601.

Daly, Herman, 2008. “Towards a Steady-State Economy.” Paper presented to the U.K. Sustainable Development Commission.

Dietz, T., E. A. Rosa, and R. York. 2007. Driving the human ecological footprint. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 5(1):13-18.

Feasta (The Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability). 2005. “Eliminating the Need for Economic Growth.” Dublin, Ireland.

Gowdy, John, and J. Erickson. 2005. The approach of ecological economics. Cambridge Journal of Economics 29:207-222.

Jackson, T. 2009. “Prosperity without growth? The transition to a sustainable economy.” UK Sustainable Development Commission.

Jackson, T. 2009. Beyond the growth economy. Journal of Industrial Ecology 13(4):487-490.

Mills J. and T. Waite. 2009. Economic prosperity, biodiversity conservation, and the environmental Kuznets curve. Ecological Economics 68(7):2087-2095.

O’Neill, D. W. 2012. Measuring progress in the degrowth transition to a steady state economy. Ecological Economics 84:221-231.

O’Neill, D. W., R. Dietz, and N. Jones (editors). 2010. Enough is Enough: Ideas for a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources. The Report of the Steady State Economy Conference. Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (Arlington, Virginia, USA) and Economic Justice for All (Leeds, UK).

Røpke, I. 2004. The early history of modern ecological economics. Ecological Economics 50(3-4):293-314.

Røpke, I. 2005. Trends in the development of ecological economics from the late 1980s to the early 2000s. Ecological Economics 55(2):262-290.

Rosales, J. 2006. Economic growth and biodiversity loss in an age of tradeable permits. Conservation Biology 20(4):1042-1050.

Simms, A., V. Johnson, P. Chowla. 2010. Growth isn’t possible. New Economics Foundation, London, U.K. 144pp.

Stern, D. I. 2004. The rise and fall of the environmental Kuznets curve. World Development 32(8):1419–1439.

Trauger, D. L., B. Czech, J. D. Erickson, P. R. Garrettson, B. J. Kernohan, C. A. Miller. 2003. The relationship of economic growth to wildlife conservation. Wildlife Society Technical Review 03-1. The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, Maryland.

Victor, P. and Rosenbluth, G. 2007. Managing without growth. Ecological Economics 61:492-504.

Woodward, D., and A. Simms. 2006. Growth isn’t working: the unbalanced distribution of benefits and costs from economic growth. New Economics Foundation, London, U.K. 26pp.

Articles in the Popular Press

Washington, Haydn and Kopnina, Helen. 2018. “The Insanity of Endless Growth.” The Ecological Citizen. July 2018.

Berry, Wendell. 2008. “Faustian Economics: Hell Hath No Limits,” Harper’s Magazine, May 2008, pages 35-42.

Czech, Brian. 2014. “Climate Change: The Wrong Top Priority for Environmentalists and Conservation Professionals.” Huffington Post. January, 2014.

Daly, Herman. 2014. “Dear Paul Krugman: Is Growth Making us Richer or Poorer? (Please Clarify)” Yes! Magazine. May, 2014.

Daly, Herman. 2009. “The Crisis.Adbusters, February 2009.

Homer-Dixon, Thomas, 2011. “Economies Can’t Just Keep on Growing.Foreign Policy, January/February 2011.

Jensen, Derrick. 2011. “The Tyranny of Entitlement: A Lesson in Limits.Orion, January/February 2011.

Monbiot, George. 2014. “It’s Simple. If we can’t change our economic system, our number’s up.The Guardian, May 2014.

Simms, Andrew and Joe Smith. 2009. “The Good Life Doesn’t Have to Cost the Planet.” Yes! Magazine, Winter 2009.

Zencey, Eric. 2009. “Mr. Soddy’s Ecological Economy.New York Times, April 11, 2009.