Understanding Sustainability Economics: Towards Pluralism in Economics

Understanding Sustainability Economics: Towards Pluralism in Economics

by Peter Soderbaum
     
 

ISBN-10: 184407627X

ISBN-13: 9781844076277

Pub. Date: 09/28/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

"This 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…  See more details below

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"This 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844076277
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Acronyms and abbreviations

1 Economics for Sustainability 1

2 Unsustainable and Sustainable Trends 13

3 Sustainability Politics: Are there Protected Zones in the Development Dialogue? 37

4 From Economic Man to Political Economic Person 55

5 Interpretations of Non-Market and Market Relationships in Relation to Sustainability 69

6 Actors, Agendas and Arenas for Social and Institutional Change 79

7 Approaches to Decision-Making and Sustainability Assessment 99

8 Towards Sustainability Economics 121

References 141

Index 151

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