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From the Roots Up

Economic Development as if Community Mattered

by (author) David Ross & Peter Usher

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 1986
Business Development, Small Business
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1986
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1986
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Feb 2008
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First published in 1986, this book presents an alternative vision of the economy, one that is not dominated by conventional indicators and analyses of the narrower market economy.

Ross and Usher argue that the separation of economic and social problems encouraged by "bottom-line" thinking in business and government must be replaced by a form of "social accounting," as typified by activity in smaller structures closer to the community. Expanding the role of cooperative enterprises, small businesses, community development corporations, voluntary activity, mutual aid, and household activity will yield more informal, appropriate and democratic solutions.

From the Roots Up explains why we need to revise our concepts of work and employment, our system of taxation and public finance, and our traditional political perspectives on public issues.

About the authors

DAVID ROSS is a past Executive Director for the Canadian Council on Social Development.

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PETER USHER is an Ottawa-based consultant specializing in northern economic development and resource management.

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Editorial Reviews

"This book provides a road map to the future ... It is a book that broadens our view of economic life, and rejects the idea that activity outside the market economy should not count in economic calculation."

former commissioner of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline

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