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Author Purchase, Bryne Brock, 1944-
Title Navigating on the Titanic : economic growth, energy, and the failure of governance / Bryne Purchase.
Imprint Montreal & Kingston : School of Policy Studies, Queen's University : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2013]

Author Purchase, Bryne Brock, 1944-
Series Queen's policy studies series
Queen's policy studies.
Subject Economic development -- United States.
Economic development -- Canada.
Power resources -- Environmental aspects -- United States.
Power resources -- Environmental aspects -- Canada.
Climatic changes -- Risk management -- United States.
Climatic changes -- Risk management -- Canada.
Industrial policy -- United States.
Industrial policy -- Canada.
Alt Name Queen's University (Kingston, Ont.). School of Policy Studies,
Description 1 online resource (xi, 156 pages) : illustrations.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-156).
Summary Navigating the Titanic outlines the brief history of economic growth and the private and public institutions - markets, corporations, households, and governments - which underpin that growth. Bryne Purchase examines mega-risks related to our economy's use of fossil fuels and specifically looks at resource depletion, energy security, and climate change - all "mega-risks" because they are both global in scope and potentially existential in impact. Focusing on North America, with a particular emphasis on the United States, Purchase's central argument is that the institutions which have produced spectacular economic growth are not capable of acting with prudence to deal with these mega-risks before they become a real danger. He identifies certain institutional design flaws that, while underwriting economic growth, leave society open to potentially catastrophic failure and reveals how these design flaws have been compounded by the stresses of the growing income inequality in society.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781553393351 (electronic bk.)
155339335X (electronic bk.)
9781553395072 (electronic bk.)
1553395077 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 905599385
Additional Format Print version: Purchase, Bryne Brock, 1944- Navigating on the Titanic 9781553393306 (OCoLC)818414836

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