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Ecological Economics and the Ecology of Economics

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Ecological Economics and the Ecology of Economics

Essays in Criticism

9781840641097 Edward Elgar Publishing
Herman E. Daly, Emeritus Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, US and Winner of the 2014 Blue Planet prize
Publication Date: 2000 ISBN: 978 1 84064 109 7 Extent: 208 pp
In this controversial book Herman Daly, a leading commentator on the environment, offers lively criticism of existing work on ecological economics and the economics of ecology. The theme throughout the book is about changes in perspective, attitudes and policies required to avoid uneconomic growth – that is, the impoverishment that results when the environmental and social costs of growth exceed the benefits.

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In this controversial book Herman Daly, a leading commentator on the environment, offers lively criticism of existing work on ecological economics and the economics of ecology. The theme throughout the book is about changes in perspective, attitudes and policies required to avoid uneconomic growth – that is, the impoverishment that results when the environmental and social costs of growth exceed the benefits.

Key issues addressed include:
• growth economics
• misunderstandings of thermodynamics
• economic development and population
• globalization
• money
• humans in the ecosystem.

This major new book will be of interest to economists, ecologists, environmentalists, public policy scholars and activists as well as social philosophers.
Critical Acclaim
‘This book will be essential reading for anyone who seeks answers to resolve the traditionally recognized conflicts between the economy and the environment. The answers this work proposes are not simple, but are well presented and necessary.’
– Bernardo Aguilar-González, The Quarterly Review of Biology

‘Daly’s book is an excellent and illustrating confrontation of the two important paradigms of scientific economics. It leaves the reader with the conviction that the still prevailing paradigm of neo-classical economics will have to be replaced if sustainability is to become a real objective of economic policy.’
– Günther Weinschenck, Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture
Contents
Contents: Introduction Part I: On the Roots of Error in Growth Economics Part II: On Some Specific Errors in Growth Economics Part III: On Economists’ Misunderstanding of Thermodynamics Part IV: On Economic Development and Population Part V: On Globalization as Growth Economics’ Last Gasp Part VI: On Money Part VII: On Purpose Index

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