Routledge Handbook of Ecological Economics

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Since becoming formally established with an international academic society in the late 1980s, ecological economics has advanced understanding of the interactions between social and biophysical reality. It initially combined questioning of the basis of mainstream economics with a concern for environmental degradation and limits to growth, but has now advanced well beyond critique into theoretical, analytical and policy alternatives. Social ecological economics and transformation to an alternative future now form core ideas in an interdisciplinary approach combining insights from a range of disciplines including heterodox economics, political ecology, sociology, political science, social psychology, applied philosophy, environmental ethics and a range of natural sciences. This handbook, edited by a leading figure in the field, demonstrates the dynamism of ecological economics in a wide-ranging collection of state-of-the-art essays. Containing contributions from an array of international researchers who are pushing the boundaries of the field, the Routledge Handbook of Ecological Economics showcases the diversity of the field and points the way forward. A critical analytical perspective is combined with realism about how economic systems operate and their essential connection to the natural world and society. This provides a rich understanding of how biophysical reality relates to and integrates with social reality. Chapters provide succinct overviews of the literature covering a range of subject areas including: heterodox thought on the environment; society, power and politics, markets and consumption; value and ethics; science and society; methods for evaluation and policy analysis; policy challenges; and the future post-growth society. The rich contents dispel the myth of there being no alternatives to current economic thought and the political economy it supports. The Routledge Handbook of Ecological Economics provides a guide to the literature on ecological economics in an informative and easily accessible form. It is essential reading for those interested in exploring and understanding the interactions between the social, ecological and economic and is an important resource for those interested in fields such as: human ecology, political ecology, environmental politics, human geography, environmental management, environmental evaluation, future and transition studies, environmental policy, development studies and heterodox more

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  • Hardback | 570 pages
  • 174 x 246 x 38.1mm | 1,088g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 33 black & white illustrations, 18 black & white tables, 33 black & white line drawings
  • 1138931519
  • 9781138931510

Table of contents

List of figures List of tables Preface Part I Foundations 1. Social ecological economics Clive L. Spash 2. A critical and realist approach to ecological economics Armin Puller and Tone Smith Part II Heterodox thought on the environment 3. Critical institutional economics Arild Vatn 4. Political ecology and unequal exchange Alf Hornborg 5. Ecofeminism Ariel Salleh 6. Ecological Marxism and ecological economics: from misunderstanding to eeaningful dialogue Ali Douai 7. Post Keynesian economics and sustainable development Eric Berr 8. Evolutionary economics Karolina Safarzynska Part III Biophysical reality and its implications 9. Thermodynamics: relevance, implications, misuse and ways forward Kozo Torasan Mayumi 10. Geophysical limits, raw material use and their policy implications Armin Dieter 11. Social metabolism Fridolin Krausmann 12. The biophysical realities of ecosystems Vincent Devictor 13. Coevolutionary social ecological economics Richard B. Norgaard Part IV Society, power and politics 14. Theories of power Lorenz Stor 15. The Imperial Mode of Living Ulrich Brand and Markus Wissen 16. A guide to environmental justice movements and the language of ecological distribution conflicts Joan Martinez-Alier 17. Social movements and resistance Viviana Asara Part V Markets, production and consumption 18. Unregulated markets and the transformation of society Asad Zaman 19. Theory of the firm Peter E. Earl 20. Theories of (un)sustainable consumption Clive L. Spash and Karin Dobernig 21. Work and leisure: money, identity and playfulness Wolfgang J. Fellner Part VI Value and ethics 22. Pluralism and incommensurability John O'Neill 23. Intrinsic values and economic valuation Katie McShane 24. Needs as a central element of sustainable development Felix Rauschmayer and Ines Omann 25. Future generations Richard B. Howarth Part VII Science and society: uncertainty and precaution 26. Precautionary appraisal as a response to risk, uncertainty, ambiguity and ignorance Andy Stirling 27. Addressing strong uncertainty: safe minimum standards Irmi Seidl 28. Post-normal science Roger Strand Part VIII Methods 29. The NUSAP approach to uncertainty appraisal and communication Jeroen P. van der Sluijs 30. Multi-criteria evaluation in environmental policy analysis Salvatore Greco and Giuseppe Munda 31. Multicriteria mapping Rebecca White 32. Q methodology Ben Davies 33. Participation in the context of ecological economics Kirsty L. Blackstock 34. Deliberative monetary valuation Jasper Kenter 35. Participatory modelling in ecological economics: lessons from practice Nuno Videira, Paula Antunes and Rui Santos 36. Input-output analysis Jon D. Erickson and Melinda Kane 37. Sustainability indicators Philippe Roman and Geraldine Thiry Part IX Policy challenges 38. Commons Bengi Akbulut 39. Uneven development and resource extractivism in Africa Patrick Bond 40. Mining conflicts Begum Ozkaynak and Beatriz Rodriguez-Labajos 41. Peak-oil and ecological economics Christian Kerschner and Inigo Capellan-Perez 42. Human induced climate change from a political economy perspective Max Koch 43. Ecosystem services Erik Gomez-Baggethun Part X Future post-growth society 44. Degrowth and democracy Daniel Hausknost 45. The steady state economy Brian Czech 46. Post-growth economics Niko Paech 47. The bioregional economy: celebrating the local in production and consumption Molly Scott Cato 48. The coming sustainable city Laura Frye-Levine and Richard S. Levine 49. Eco-social enterprises Nadia Johanisova and Eva Frankova 50. Democracy, participation and social planning Fikret Adaman and Pat Devine Indexshow more