Small Is Beautiful
Economics as if People Mattered
By E. F. Schumacher
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061997761, 352pp.)
Publication Date: November 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
Small Is Beautiful is Oxford-trained economist E. F. Schumachers classic call for the end of excessive consumption. Schumacher inspired such movements as Buy Locally and Fair Trade, while voicing strong opposition to casino capitalism and wasteful corporate behemoths. Named one of the Times Literary Supplements 100 Most Influential Books Since World War II, Small Is Beautiful presents eminently logical arguments for building our economies around the needs of communities, not corporations.
E. F. Schumacher (19111977) was a German Rhodes Scholar in economics and, with the help of John Maynard Keynes, later taught at Oxford University. He was also the president of the Soil Association, chief economist for Britains National Coal Board, and founder of the Intermediate Technology Development Group. His best-known books are Small Is Beautiful and A Guide for the Perplexed.
“Embracing what Schumacher stood for--above all the idea of sensible scale--is the task for our time. Small is Beautiful could not be more relevant. It was first published in 1973, but it was written for our time.”
-Bill McKibben, from the Foreword
“Small Is Beautiful changed the way many people think about bigness and its human costs.”
-New York Times
“Nothing less than a full-scale assault on conventional economic wisdom. . . . Schumacher believes economists need a new set of values, to obtain maximum well-being with minimum consumption.”