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Table of Contents

  • Foreword - Leopold Kohr
  • Prelude
  • Part I: The ECU-28 Project: Horizontal Communication for Peasants' Participation and Self-Reliance
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Theoretical Interlude (I)
    • 3. Theoretical Interlude (II)
    • 4. The Perception of Reality
    • 5. In a World Apart
    • 6. The Peasants Get Together
    • 7. In a World of Our Own
    • 8. Far Away and Long Ago
  • Part II: The 'Tiradentes Project': Revitalization of Small Cities for Self-Reliance
    • 9. Introduction
    • 10. Theoretical Interlude (III)
    • 11. Encounter with Reality
    • 12. A Scheme for Action
    • 13. The Action Starts
    • 14. Navigation and Return
  • Notes

About the Author

Manfred Max-Neef is a Chilean-German economist and environmentalist. He is professor of ecological economics in the Southern University of Chile, and director of the Economics Institute there. His book Human Scale Development (1991) has been recognized by Cambridge University as one of the fifty most important texts in Sustainability.


'A masterpiece. The three "theoretical interludes" are remarkable for their insight, originality and profundity.'
John Papworth, The Fourth World

'A clear break from the conventional approach to economics.'
West Africa

'A well written book that provides a challenging and welcome break from repetitive debates about the economics of development.'
Education with Production

'Max-Neef recognises fully that the problems facing us today are very profound.'
Edward Goldsmith, Resurgence

'This book will have many readers among economists and politicians, as well as among the increasing number of people concerned with development and project design.'

'Written with passion, this book also inspires passion in the reader, above all because it views the problem of poverty from a new and more human angle.'
Development and Education Exchange Papers

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