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Measuring Progress: Is Life Getting Better?

Is Life Getting Better?

by R Eckersley(ed.)
Measuring Progress: Is Life Getting Better? by R Eckersley
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This book is the most wide-ranging exploration of national progress yet undertaken, spanning social, economic and environmental perspectives. It brings together some of Australia’s leading researchers to consider indicators of national performance, what they tell us about the quality and sustainability of life in Australia, and how these measures can be improved. It also includes commentaries by senior bureaucrats, academics and community representatives. At one level, the debate is about the adequacy of Gross Domestic Product, as the dominant indicator of a nation’s performance, relative to both the past and other nations. However, the debate also reaches far beyond this question to challenge conventional thinking about progress and the relationships between economic activity, quality of life, health and well-being, and ecological sustainability.
CSIRO Publishing; January 1998
393 pages; ISBN 9780643097179
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Title: Measuring Progress: Is Life Getting Better?
Author: R Eckersley