A Survey of Ecological Economics by Rajaram Krishnan, Jonathan Harris, Neva R. Goodwin

By Rajaram Krishnan, Jonathan Harris, Neva R. Goodwin

The emergent self-discipline of ecological economics is predicated at the concept that the world's economies are a functionality of the earth's ecosystems - an idea that notably reverses the realm view of neoclassical economics. A Survey of Ecological Economics offers the 1st review of this new box, and a finished and systematic survey of its serious literature.

The editors of the amount summarize ninety-five seminal articles, chosen via an exhaustive survey, that enhance the sphere of ecological economics and signify the simplest considering up to now within the sector. each one two-to three-page precis is much extra accomplished than a standard summary, and offers either the subjects coated in each one paper and an important arguments made approximately each one subject. Sections disguise:

  • historical point of view
  • definition, scope, and interdisciplinary matters
  • theoretical frameworks and methods
  • energy and source stream research
  • accounting and overview
  • North-South/international matters
  • ethical/social/institutional matters

every one part is preceded by means of an introductory essay that outlines the present nation of information within the box and proposes a learn time table for the longer term.

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The experience of two centuries of economic growth, and especially the rapid expansion of the past fifty years, might seem to support this more optimistic paradigm. The case for the alternative must then rest on the argument that conditions are changing, in accordance with the physical laws of energy and resource flow, in such a way that the next fifty or one hundred years of economic development will look fundamentally different. F. Richards and Lynn White, Jr. introduce the historical perspective which is essential to this debate, and which is often lacking in mainstream economics.

In what follows, the thoughts of four such economists are examined. Each in his own way rejects the conventional wisdom that economic growth is an end in and of itself. They have all viewed the growth of production and consumption as a means rather than an end. They define that end as life in all of its dimensions, especially the higher, immaterial dimensions. J. C. L. Simonde de Sismondi (1773–1842) Sismondi was writing during the period of transition from craft production to industrialization, and his views were shaped by the excesses of that time.

These summaries, however, are in no way meant to substitute for the original articles. We strongly recommend that readers seek out the full texts in their areas of interest. The overview essays at the head of each part attempt to synthesize the diverse selections to give a sense of the nature of the field. Despite the varied views and theoretical perspectives represented, we feel that a certain Gestalt emerges, a sense of a viable field of analysis with its own parameters and techniques. There is certainly some overlap with standard economics as well as with ecological, political, historical, and ethical analysis.

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