The Economics of Localism

General Works

Shuman, Michael. The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses are Beating the Global Competition. Berrett Koehler Publishers, Inc. 2006.

Jacobs, Jane. Cities and the Wealth of Nations: Principles of Economic Life. Random House, Inc. 1984.

Jacobs, Jane. The Economy of Cities. Random House, Inc. 1969.

Porter, Michael. On Competition (esp. Chapter 7, Clusters and Competition). Harvard University Press. 1998.

Ogilvy, James. Many Dimensional Man.

Schumacher, E.F. Small is Beautiful.

Roszak, Theodore. Person/Planet.

McKibben, Bill. Deep Economy.

Spence, Michael et al. The Growth Report: Strategies for Sustained Growth and Inclusive Development. 2008. World Bank Publication. PDF Here.

Ecological Economics

Daly, Herman. Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development. Beacon Press. 1996.

Daly, Herman. A Steady-State Economy. Paper presented to the UK Sustainable Development Commission, April 24, 2008.

Prugh, Thomas et al. Natural Capital and Human Economic Survival. International Society for Ecological Economics. 1995.

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

Social Capital

Putnam, Robert. Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy. Princeton University Press. 1993.

Putnam, Robert. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. Simon and Schuster. 2000.

Lin, Nan. A Theory of Social Capital.

Gaudiani, Claire. The Greater Good: How Philanthropy Drives the American Economy and can save Capitalism. Times Books. 2003.


Polanyi, Karl. The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time. Beacon Press. 1944.

Toulmin, Stephen. Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity. University of Chicago. 1990.

Money, Credit, Finance.

Lietaer, Bernard. The Future of Money: Creating New Wealth, Work and a Wiser World. Random House. 2001.

Lietaer, Bernard and Stephen Brunnhuber. Our Future Economy: Money and Sustainability, The Missing Link. Kogan Page, Ltd. 2005.

Zarlenga, Stephen. The Lost Science of Money: The Mythology of Money, The Story of Power. American Monetary Institute. 2002.

Ferguson, Niall. The Ascent of Money. PBS video in four parts.

Accounting, Sustainability Metrics & Indeces, Valuation Frameworks & Analysis

Helfert, Erich. Techniques of Financial Analysis.

Kaplan, Robert and David Norten. The Balanced Scorecard: Translating Strategy into Action. 1996.

Daly, Herman and Cobb. For the Common Good:

Sustainability Metrics and Indeces Overview. Wikipedia article.

Complexity Economics

Beinhocker, Eric D. The Origin of Wealth: The Radical Remaking of Economics and What It Means for Business and Society. Harvard Business School Press. 2006.

Quantitative and Analytical Methods

Watts, Duncan. Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks between Order and Randomness. Princeton University Press. 1999.

Peitgen, Heinz-Otto, Hartmut Jurgens and Dietmar Saupe. Fractals for the Classroom (Part One): Introduction to Fractals and Chaos. Springer Verlag. 1992.

Peitgen, Heinz-Otto, Hartmut Jurgens and Dietmar Saupe. Fractals for the Classroom (Part Two): Complex Systems and Mandelbrot Set. Springer Verlag. 1992.

Savage, Sam. Insight.xla: Business Analysis Software. Duxbury Press. 1998.

Gurney, W.S.C. and R.M. Nisbet. Ecological Dynamics. Oxford University Press. 1998.

Haefner, James. Modeling Biological Systems: Principles and Applications. International Thompson Publishing. 1998.

Hewings, Geoffrey J.D. Regional Input-Output Analysis. Sage Publications. 1985.

Schaffer, William. Regional Impact Models. Regional Research Institute. 1999.

Psychology & Philosophy

Hillman, James. Revisioning Psychology.

Hillman, James. Kinds of Power: A Guide to its Intelligent Uses. Doubleday. 1995.

Greenleaf, Robert. The Servant as Leader. The Robert K. Greenleaf Center. 1991.

Barron, Daniel. There is No Such Thing as a Negative Emotion.

Taylor, Jeremy. The Living Labyrinth.

Stevens, Anthony. Ariadne’s Clue.

Osho. Love, Freedom, and Aloneness.

Ogilvy, James. Creating Better Futures.

Studies available on the Web.

Plugging the Leaks. New Economics Foundation.

Leakage Analysis of the Martha’s Vineyard Economy. Michael Shuman and Doug Hoffer.

Institutional Development, Common Pool Resource Management, Collaborative & Deliberative Processes

Special issue of Ecology and Society (June 2006) on Exploring Resilience in Social-Ecological Systems through Comparative Studies and Theory Development.


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