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The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions

The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions
 

THE NEW SCIENCE THAT'S MAKING SENSE OF THE WORLD'S WICKEDEST PROBLEMS

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ISBN 9781857886221
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Published 1 November 2014 by John Murray Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Mainelli, Michael
By Harris, Ian
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ISBN-13 9781857886221
ISBN-10 1857886224
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher John Murray Press
Imprint Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Publication Date 1 November 2014
International Publication Date 11 September 2014
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Mainelli, Michael
By Harris, Ian
Category Award Winning
Economics
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 136mm
Height: 215mm
Spine: 26mm
Weight 428g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Economics, Commerce - Social aspects, Fishery products
NBS Text Economics: Professional & General
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 330
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

WINNER OF THE GOLD MEDAL IN THE FINANCIAL/ECONOMIC CATEGORY OF THE IPPY AWARDS (INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS) 2012 Now, more than at any other time in our history, the world is faced with a series of vicious and apparently insurmountable difficulties, chief among them unstable financial markets, rapidly diminishing resources and an eco-system that is becoming dangerously volatile. In The Price of Fish Michael Mainelli and Ian Harris examine in a unique way the world's most abiding and wicked problems - sustainability, global warming, over-fishing, overpopulation, the pensions crisis; all of which are characterized by a set of messy, circular, aggressive and peculiarly long-term problems - and go on to suggest that it is not the circumstances that are too complex, but our way of reading them that is too simple. Too simple and often wrong. This book goes beyond economics alone to look at real commerce, and the ways complex interactions adapt and change over time: the price of fish, for instance, cannot be right when we have over-fishing, hunger and ruined seas. Mainelli and Harris are taking steps towards understanding the knotty world we live in, not a simple exercise in chess-players' logic but an approach which addresses the complex, the cyclical, the hostile and the protracted. If we're ever going to solve the unsolvable, the first steps start here.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of Independent Publisher Book Awards: Finance/Investment/Economics Gold Award 2012
NZ Review 'In this thought-provoking and enlightening book, Mainelli and Harris highlight a point that economists too often forget: that economics is, at its heart, the study of human behaviour, and that both commerce and its wicked sister, finance, mean nothing unless they are connected to people and society.' Bill Emmott, Former-Editor of the Economist 'We have all discovered, painfully, that there are some areas, important to our existence, where price signals have worked badly or not at all. Financial markets are one. Deep-sea fishing part of the tragedy of the commons - is another. This book is a challenging contribution to understanding these failures.' Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Educated at Harvard, Michael Mainelli is Commerce Professor Emeritus and Fellow at Gresham College (founding home of the Royal Society and former home to Christopher Wren). He is also Visiting Professor at LSE and was responsible for creating the London Accord the world's leading research cooperative into environmental, social and governance investment. He is the co-founder of Z/Yen, the City of London's leading commercial think-tank established in 1994 to promote societal advance through better finance and technology. Over the course of his career, he has worked in economics, political science, seismology, cartography, energy information, research and development, in defense and at the highest level of accountancy. Ian Harris is a co-founder of Z/Yen, having previously conceived and launched the award-winning joint venture Charity Share and guided the Marine Stewardship Council towards a Best Practice award for its strategic planning and governance, as well as working to solve other problems of long-term thinking in charities and other non-governmental organizations.

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