Small Is Beautiful

Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered is a collection of essays published in 1973 by German-born British economist E. F. Schumacher. The title "Small Is Beautiful" came from a principle espoused by Schumacher's teacher Leopold Kohr[1] (1909–1994) advancing small, appropriate technologies, policies, and polities as a superior alternative to the mainstream ethos of "bigger is better".

Small Is Beautiful
1973 Cover
AuthorErnst Friedrich Schumacher
PublisherBlond & Briggs (1973–2010), HarperCollins (2010–present)
Publication date
1973
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages288 pages
ISBN978-0-06-091630-5
OCLC19514463
330.1 20
LC ClassHB171 .S384 1989

Overlapping environmental, social, and economic forces such as the 1973 energy crisis and popularisation of the concept of globalisation helped bring Schumacher's Small Is Beautiful critiques of mainstream economics to a wider audience during the 1970s. In 1995 The Times Literary Supplement ranked Small Is Beautiful among the 100 most influential books published since World War II.[2] A further edition with commentaries was published in 1999.[3]