leapfrogging & transfer
Hawken, Paul; Lovins,
Amory; Lovins, Hunter L.:
Natural Capitalism: The Next Industrial Revolution.
Profound and brilliantly written piece on the delayed paradigmatic change for the increase in economic value. The authors redefine entrepreneurial practices for the sectors mobility, building, agriculture, and water, while at the same time incorporating a critique of the macro-economic conditions of market economy.
"Ways from the Traditional Development Model towards Sustainability"
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Globalisation and Energy
Grübler, Arnuf; McDonald, Alan (eds):
Global Energy Perspectives.
Cambridge: Oxford University Press, 1999.
Contemporary key volume on the global energy scenario analysis. The progressive insights are especially interesting because they present the results of a World Energy Council.
Lovins, Amory; Hennicke,
Frankfurt a.M.: Campus Verlag, 1999.
It is the central aim of this work to consequently continue the analysis of Nakicenovic. For the first time, the possibilities of a global energy supply with harmonized energy supply and demand structures are developed.
Reddy, Amulya K. N.;
Williams, Robert H.; Johansson, Thomas B.:
Energy after Rio - Prospects and Challenges.
New York: UNDP, 1996
The authors briefly summarize the implications of the whole field of energy. The interested reader will widen his perspective on what energy really means.
Johansson, Thomas B.; Philips, Rosemary (eds.):
Energy as an Instrument for Socio-Economic
New York: UNDP, 1995
Illustrated by practical examples, the compendium, published by the UNDP, provides a good survey on the contemporary discussion of socio-economic factors, and the development and implications of energy supply.
The Solar Economy: Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Global Future.
Earthscan (not yet published).
Scheer develops a fascinating vision of a world economy which is no longer dependent on fossile fuel. Whether this may simultaniously lead to the solving of other urging global problems remains to be judged by the reader.
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Sustainable Transport Policies
Mobilität für morgen - Chancen einer zukunftsfähigen Verkehrspolitik.
Berlin: Birkhäuser, 1995.
On the basis of a profound analysis of the development of mobility and its problems, the authors outline the conditions of an ecologically and socially sound traffic system for the future.
Critical Mass - Transport, Environment and Society in the Twenty-first Century.
London: Pluto Press, 1997.
The study points out the problems with which ecologists and traffic planners are confronted when trying to replace the existing traffic technologies by alternatives which are ecollogically sound as well as socially fair.
München: Oldenburg Verlag, 1997.
German key volume on the economic interrelation in the transport sector.
European Federation for
Transport and Environment (T&E):
Transport and the Economy, the Myths and the Facts.
Brussel: T&E, 2001.
The text contradicts the greatest misunderstandings of transport policy by clearly showing that the extension of traffic routes does not necessarily stimulate economic growth.
The Standing Advisory
Committee on Trunk Road Assessment (SACTRA):
Transport and the Economy.
London: Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR), 1999. Download at:
The SACTRA-report examines the economic effects of transport policy. The authors conclude that public investments in traffic infrastructure show only little positive effects and are most often overrated in quantitative planning processes.
Whitelegg, John; Haq,
World Transport - Policy & Practice.
London: Earthscan Publications, 2003.
The text indicates the steps that can be taken in order to improve the supply and demand of traffic in industrialised as well as in development countries while at the same time reducing health, social and ecological impacts.
Feiner, Jacques P. et al:
The Kunming Urban Regional Development Project.
Wei, Lin; Chang, Tang:
Theory and Praxis of Bus Lane Operations in
In: DISP (Documents and Information for Swiss National, Regional and Local Planning), Issue 151 (4/2002).
The articles describe the successful case study of the town twinning between Zuricch and Kunming, China. The authors especially indicate the successes of an integrated town and regional planning by illustrating the sustainable solution developed for local public transport.
World Development Report 2003 - Sustainable Development in a Dynamic World.
Washington D.C.: World Bank, 2003
With their latest World Development Report, the World Bank contributes to the international discussion of sustainable development. The reader will observe a change in the World Bank's strategy which now acknowledges that the liberalisation of the global markets does also hold negative effects for parts of the worlds community.
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Infrastructural Theory and Development
Theorie der Infrastruktur.
Tübingen: J.C.B. Mohr, 1966.
Key work of economic infrastructural theory. The author establishes the view that infrastructure is the "lubricating oil" of economy.
Fritsch, Michael/ Ewers,
Hans-Jörg/ Wein, Thomas:
Marktversagen und Wirtschaftspolitik:
Mikroökonomische Grundlagen staatlichen Handelns.
4th edition. München: Vahlen, 2001.
The text presents the micro-economic basics as well as the infrastructural features of market failure.
World Development Report 1994 - Infrastructure for Development.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994.
The report deals with the central role infrastructure and its role for the development of countries, especially those of the South. It emphasizes that it is not the amount of investment that is crucial to development but the institutional environment. The World Bank concludes that extension is less important than the improvement of the existing infrastructure.