By Rajaram Krishnan, Jonathan Harris, Neva R. Goodwin
The emergent self-discipline of ecological economics relies at the concept that the world's economies are a functionality of the earth's ecosystems - an concept that substantially reverses the realm view of neoclassical economics. A Survey of Ecological Economics offers the 1st evaluate of this new box, and a complete and systematic survey of its severe literature.
The editors of the quantity summarize ninety-five seminal articles, chosen via an exhaustive survey, that increase the sphere of ecological economics and symbolize the simplest considering thus far within the sector. each one two-to three-page precis is much extra entire than a standard summary, and provides either the subjects coated in every one paper and an important arguments made approximately every one subject. Sections hide:
- historical standpoint
- definition, scope, and interdisciplinary concerns
- theoretical frameworks and methods
- energy and source stream research
- accounting and review
- North-South/international concerns
- ethical/social/institutional concerns
every one part is preceded through an introductory essay that outlines the present country of data within the box and proposes a study time table for the long run.
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Economic theory has become a highly axiomatic and deductive science. While institutionalists have attempted to use results from other social sciences in their analysis, the biophysical foundations of economic activity are still missing. The other social sciences as well as physics, chemistry, biology, and ecology must inform economic analysis. The foundations for a theory that can do this are found in the works of the pre-classical Physiocrats and the classical economists. This essay considers these foundations and traces the genealogy of modern economic theory.
Martinez-Alier also discusses a possible convergence between Marxism and ecology, proposed by Podolinsky but resisted by Marx, Engels, Lenin, and other orthodox Marxists. Robert Kaufmann also suggests that Marxist and ecological analysis need each other’s insights in order to explain the interplay of social, technological, and environmental factors in shaping economic history. Theories of the exploitation of labor under capitalism can find some common ground with theories of exploitation of resources.
To take on the task of erecting a viable challenge to the existing economic paradigm, each thinker needs as much assistance as possible. Even if, in normal times, few expect to find what virtually every researcher would always like to have—a volume of extracts surveying his/her area of interest—such an aid will be of exceptional significance in this transitional era. Another justification for this project is the growing number of scholars from all disciplines who believe that the future of the social sciences must include a strong move toward interdisciplinary teamwork.
A Survey of Ecological Economics by Rajaram Krishnan, Jonathan Harris, Neva R. Goodwin