Ecological economics seeks to socially construct a political economics which will deal successfully with environmental problems and make the individual more visible in economic analysis. The author describes the principles, strategies and instruments of social change for key players - governmental agencies, business corporations, environmental and religious organizations and universities - and underlines their responsibilities in the market economy. Peter Soderbaum emphasizes the need to articulate ideologies, worldviews, ethics and related scientific perspectives as part of economics, and the importance of pluralism and democratic decision making. His account of the theories and means that will brings us closer to a sustainable society consider tools such as environmental impact assessment (EIA) and describes success indicators such as environmental labelling and environmental management systems (EMS). It highlights strategies and policies that facilitate social change and sets out future agendas for the individual actors in political economics.
Table of Contents
Environmental and other problems * ecological economics * the political-economic person and political-economic organization * economics, efficiency and ideological orientation * political ideologies, democracy and decision making * environmental management and decision making - a political economics approach * policy for ecological sustainability.
'Not every economist will agree with Soderbaum's views, but they will certainly have much to learn from him.' Journal of Economic Issues 'Compares the neoclassical perspective on the environment with an alternative or complementary perspective that can enhance our ability to deal fruitfully with current issues.' Journal of Economic Literature