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Routledge Handbook of Ecological Economics

Nature and Society

Edited by: Clive L. Spash

Print publication date:  April  2017
Online publication date:  April  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138931510
eBook ISBN: 9781315679747
Adobe ISBN: 9781317395102

10.4324/9781315679747
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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 economics.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Social Ecological Economics Download PDF
Chapter  2:  A Critical and Realist Approach to Ecological Economics Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Critical Institutional Economics Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Political Ecology and Unequal Exchange Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Ecofeminism Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Ecological Marxism and Ecological Economics Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Post Keynesian Economics and Sustainable Development Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Evolutionary Economics Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Thermodynamics Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Geophysical Limits, Raw Material Use and their Policy Implications Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Social Metabolism Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The Biophysical Realities of Ecosystems Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Coevolutionary Social Ecological Economics Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Theories of Power Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Imperial Mode of Living Download PDF
Chapter  16:  A Guide to Environmental Justice Movements and the Language of Ecological Distribution Conflicts Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Social Movements and Resistance Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Unregulated Markets and the Transformation of Society Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Theory of the Firm Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Theories of (Un)Sustainable Consumption Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Work and Leisure Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Pluralism and Incommensurability Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Intrinsic Values and Economic Valuation Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Needs as a Central Element of Sustainable Development Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Future Generations Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Precautionary Appraisal as a Response to Risk, Uncertainty, Ambiguity and Ignorance Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Safe Minimum Standards Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Post-Normal Science Download PDF
Chapter  29:  The NUSAP Approach to Uncertainty Appraisal and Communication Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Multiple Criteria Evaluation in Environmental Policy Analysis Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Multicriteria Mapping Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Q Methodology Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Participation in the Context of Ecological Economics Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Deliberative Monetary Valuation Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Participatory Modelling in Ecological Economics Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Input-Output Analysis Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Sustainability Indicators Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Commons Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Uneven Development and Resource Extractivism in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Mining Conflicts Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Peak-Oil and Ecological Economics  Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Human Induced Climate Change from a Political Economy Perspective Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Ecosystem Services Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Degrowth and Democracy Download PDF
Chapter  45:  The Steady State Economy Download PDF
Chapter  46:  Post-Growth Economics Download PDF
Chapter  47:  The Bioregional Economy Download PDF
Chapter  48:  The Coming Sustainable City Download PDF
Chapter  49:  Eco-Social Enterprises Download PDF
Chapter  50:  Democracy, Participation and Social Planning Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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