Sustainability in Question: The Search for a Conceptual Framework

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This book explores approaches to sustainability by linking the economy, society and the environment. The international group of experts uses concepts of sustainability from the physical and social sciences to develop a framework for creating policies for sustainability. This book will be welcomed by those interested in environmental economics, science, management and environmental studies, as well as by those working in the fields of ecological economics, natural resource economics and environmental sociology.
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Contributors from economics, the sciences, business, and engineering explore approaches to sustainability by linking the economy, society, and the environment. The consider the ability of humans to create institutional and social arrangement that are able to adapt to changing conditions. Putting the current state of environmental and institutional sustainability within the context of economic activity and public policy, they argue that some of basic economic notions such as universal substitutability, methodological individualism, and the superiority of the price mechanism may be misplaced in environmental protection. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Contributors
Pt. I Introduction
1 The Imperative of Sustainability: Introduction 3
Pt. II Conceptual Frameworks Revised
2 Sustainability Concepts: From Theory to Practice 15
3 What Type of Economic Theory Dealing with the Environment Do We Need? 33
4 Principles for Sustainability: Protection, Investment, Co-operation, and Innovation 49
5 Hierarchies in Human Affairs: Microfoundations and Environmental Sustainability 67
6 System Hierarchy, Change and Sustainability 85
7 Organising Diversity 101
8 Throughput, Scale, Material Input 119
9 Reflections Upon the Role of Moral Sentiments in Economics 135
Pt. III Sustainable Production
10 Environmental and Economic Benefits of Sustainable Agriculture 153
11 Balancing Private Rights and Public Interests: Lessons from Pacific Salmon and Global Fishery Crises 171
12 Firms and Dematerialisation 193
13 Sustainability and Joint Abatement Strategies under Multiple Pollutants and Multiple Targets: The Case of Tropospheric Ozone and Acidification in Europe 209
Pt. IV Sustainable Consumption
14 Consumer Behaviour, A Modelling Perspective in the Context of Integrated Assessment of Global Change 229
15 Some Themes in the Discussion of the Quality of Life 247
16 Sustainable Consumption: A Research Agenda 267
Pt. V Sustainability and Political Economy
17 Politics and Economics in Relation to Environment and Development: On Participation and Responsibility in the Conceptual Framework of Economics 283
18 A Distributional Barrier to Ecological Modernisation 301
19 Some Methodological Reflections: A Plea for a Constitutional Ecological Economics 319
Subject Index 341
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