Understanding Sustainability Economics: Towards Pluralism in Economics

Understanding Sustainability Economics: Towards Pluralism in Economics

by Peter Soderbaum
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1844076261

ISBN-13: 9781844076260

Pub. Date: 09/28/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This highly readable yet challenging book provides a critical examination of the failings of mainstream economics and the resultant environmental problems we are facing. Most importantly, it articulates what an alternative economics for sustainability would look like in both theory and practice. The book provides a brief history of economics and looks at the

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This highly readable yet challenging book provides a critical examination of the failings of mainstream economics and the resultant environmental problems we are facing. Most importantly, it articulates what an alternative economics for sustainability would look like in both theory and practice. The book provides a brief history of economics and looks at the intersection between politics and the often hidden values embedded in economics. Also covered are the roles of individuals and organizations, political structures and institutions, democracy, environmental decision-making, sustainability assessment and a vision of a future underpinned by sustainability economics. A main point raised is that, in any serious attempt to come to grips with unsustainable trends, fundamental issues such as the theory of science, the role of science in society, paradigms in economics, ideological orientations and institutional arrangements need to be critically examined. The theory is supported by case studies, explanatory figures, further reading sections and discussion questions to facilitate debate and learning.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844076260
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
• Economics for Sustainability
• Unsustainable and Sustainable Trends
• Sustainability Politics: Are there Protected Zones in the Development Dialogue?
• From Economic Man to Political Economic Person
• Interpretations of Non-Market and Market Relationships in Relation to Sustainability
• Actors, Agendas and Arenas for Social and Institutional Change
• Approaches to Decision-Making and Sustainability Assessment
• Towards Sustainability Economics
• Index

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