Letter to the editor: Are indicators telling us the real story about progress?
Closing the Gap Between the Science and Politics of Progress: Science’s Greatest Challenge
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Global politics is based on an outmoded and increasingly destructive model of human progress and development. Can science change a dire situation?
KeywordsDevelopment Modernisation Politics Progress Quality of life Sustainability
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