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Frontier Issues in Ecological Economics

Philip Lawn, Flinders University, Australia
Ecological economics formally emerged in the late 1980s in response to the failure of mainstream economic paradigms to deal adequately with the interdependence of social, economic and ecological systems. Frontier Issues in Ecological Economics focuses on a range of cutting-edge issues in the field of ecological economics and outlines plausible measures to achieve a more sustainable, just, and efficient world for all.
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Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 978 1 84542 840 2
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Ecological economics formally emerged in the late 1980s in response to the failure of mainstream economic paradigms to deal adequately with the interdependence of social, economic and ecological systems. Frontier Issues in Ecological Economics focuses on a range of cutting-edge issues in the field of ecological economics and outlines plausible measures to achieve a more sustainable, just, and efficient world for all.

Covering a broad range of key subjects, this book deals with some of the frontier issues that have recently emerged in ecological economics and those that continue to remain a source of disagreement and debate. In doing so, the book highlights the importance of natural capital, the limits to growth and markets in achieving sustainable development, the policy-guiding value of sustainable development indicators, ecological tax reform considerations, environmental-macroeconomic issues such as the reconciliation of the ecological sustainability and full employment objectives, and measures to deal with growing globalisation concerns. The book concludes with the optimistic assessment that a transition to a steady-state economy – necessary to achieve sustainable development – is entirely compatible with a democratic-capitalist system.

Philip Lawn’s latest book will appeal to academics and researchers working in the areas of ecological, environmental and natural resource economics, sustainable development, green national accounting, environmental management and development studies. Policymakers, environmental managers and NGOs will also appreciate this book.
‘This is a rich and rewarding book both in terms of synthesizing familiar concepts and introducing new ideas. . . This is a well-written and entertaining book worth reading by all those interested in the frequently murky literature on sustainable development. It is likely to generate not only a lively discussion but also a body of empirical work that might help to resolve some of the major controversies in our field.’
– John Gowdy, Ecological Economics
Contents:

PART I: AN INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND THE STEADY-STATE ECONOMY
1. Introduction

2. What is Sustainable Development?

PART II: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND NATURAL CAPITAL
3. Is Human-Made Capital an Adequate Long-run Substitute for Natural Capital?

4. The Potential Conflict Between Sustainability and Welfare Maximisation

5. Natural Resource Prices and Natural Resource Scarcity

PART III: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT INDICATORS
6. An Introduction to Sustainable Development Indicators

7. An Assessment of Various Measures of Sustainable Economic Welfare

8. Using a Fisherian Measure of Income to Guide a Nation’s Transition to a Steady-State Economy

9. Eco-Efficiency Indicators: Theory and Practice

PART IV: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: THEORETICAL AND POLICY ISSUES
10. On the Independence of the Sustainability, Distribution and Efficiency Goals

11. Ecological Tax Reform: Why and in What Form?

12. Does the Environmental Kuznets Curve Exist? A Theoretical Perspective

13. IS-LM-EE: Incorporating an Environmental Equilibrium Curve into the IS-LM Model

14. Reconciling the Policy Goals of Full Employment and Ecological Sustainability

PART V: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND THE INTERNATIONAL DIMENSION
15. Keynes, International Governance Arrangements and Globalisation

16. Increasing Sustainable National Income by Restoring Comparative Advantage as the Principle Governing International Trade

17. The 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development: Another Opportunity to Address the Scale and Globalisation Issues Gone Begging

PART VI: CONCLUSION
18. Is a Steady-State Economy Compatible with a Democratic-Capitalist System?

Bibliography

Index