The Economics of Nature and the Nature of Economics

The Economics of Nature and the Nature of Economics

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Overview

Written for scholars and policy analysts, these eleven essays cover the current state of the theory, research, and practice of ecological economics and sustainable development. They describe the contribution of classical economics, alternatives to the growth paradigm, valuation, and indicators of resource scarcity. Case studies illustrate the practices of sustainable development. Contributors include economists, environmental scientists, and philosophers from the United States, Europe, Argentina, and Australia.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781858989808
Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2001
Series: Advances in Ecological Economics Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of figuresvii
List of tablesviii
Notes on contributorsix
Introduction: the changing nature of economics--towards an ecological economics1
Part IThe Nature of Economics
1Early links between sciences of nature and economics: historical perspectives for ecological and social economics15
2Theories and methods in ecological economics: a tentative classification34
3The improvisation of discordant knowledges57
4Searching for sustainability: the poverty of spontaneous order74
5The challenges of valuation: ecological economics between matter and meaning89
Part IIThe Economics of Nature
6The need for a new growth paradigm111
7Implementing sustainable development: a practical framework134
8The environmental Kuznets curve: a review193
9Alternatives to gross domestic product: a critical survey218
10Natural resource scarcity indicators: an ecological economic synthesis238
11Green national accounting: goals and methods262
Index283

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