Impact Of Economic Development On The Environment And Development

1479 Words May 13th, 2015 6 Pages
Sara Alqhtani
May 13, 2015
ECON 420
Environment and Development Economists and environmental scientists conflict over the chronic issues of environment and developments. The objectives of economic development/growth often clash with ecological fortification and sustainability goals. Accordingly, scientists have generated a huge research body over the years regarding the cultural, philosophical, economic, political, physical, and social ecological implications of the effects of economic development on the environment. However, the purpose of this paper is to discuss this subject from the angles of the following scholars and articles:
a. Uneven and Combined Development by James O’Connor.
b. Third World Critique of Western Environmentalism by Ramachandra Guha.
c. Poverty Breeds Overpopulation by Barry Commoner
d. GDP as a measure of economic development and societal well-being by John Miller and
e. The Tragedy of Commons by Garret Hardin.
O’Connor investigates the effect of contemporary capitalism on the social and natural environment stability in his article “Uneven and Combined Development.” According to him, economies have attained economic growth by industrialization through cultural and environmental instability. However, he examines economic growth in two different logics. First, economic growth is “uneven” because of the existence of irregular allocation of labor relations, production, wealth, as well as political patterns. This uneven growth has created the…

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