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Environment and Economy

2nd Edition

By Molly Scott Cato


280 pages

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Nothing is more important to our world than finding a more comfortable relationship between the economy and the environment. While issues such as species loss, nitrate pollution, water scarcity and climate change are now attracting the political attention they deserve, their origin in the way our economy is organised is less frequently recognised. This book makes that connection both theoretically - with references to a number of heterodox approaches to economics - and practically through a number of specific issues.

Environment and Economy begins by introducing readers to the pioneers of this field, such as Fritz Schumacher and Paul Ehrlich, who first drew attention to the disastrous consequences for our environment of our ever-expanding economy. Part II outlines the contributions to the field of Neoclassical Economics, Environmental Economics, Ecological Economics, Green Economics and Anti-Capitalist Economics. Part III takes a pluralist approach to using economic tools to solve a range of environmental problems: economic growth, resource depletion, pollution, globalisation, climate change, markets vs. commons.


Written in an accessible style, this introductory text offers students with an engaging account of the way that the various traditions of economic thought have approached the environment, bringing them together for the first time in one volume. The text is complimented by boxes, case studies and recommended reading for each theme addressed. It will be of value to students interested in environmental sciences, geography, green issues and economics.

Table of Contents

Part I: Setting the scene

1. Introduction: an economy within the environment

2. The whistle-blowers

Part II Economic schools and the environment

3. Neoclassical economics

4. Environmental economics

5. Ecological economics

6. Green economics

7. Anti-capitalist economics

Part III: Issues and policies

8. A range of policy approaches

9. Economic growth

10. Climate change: the greatest example of market failure?

11. All that the earth provides: the economics of resources

12. Pollution

13. Globalization vs. localization

14. Markets or commons

15. Conclusion: Is it the economy? Are we stupid?

About the Author

Molly Scott Cato is the Green MEP for the S.W. of England and Gibraltar and former senior lecturer in the social economy at Cardiff School of Management and Director of the Welsh Institute for Research into Cooperatives. In 1999 she co-edited Green Economics: Beyond Supply and Demand to Meeting People's Needs (Aberyswyth: Green Audit). She has also undertaken commissioned research including a report for the Association of Green Councillors on the subject of Using Best Value to Encourage Green Procurement in Local Authorities (2002). Molly has published widely on issues relating to sustainable economics and the social economy.

About the Series

Routledge Introductions to Environment: Environment and Society Texts

This series introduces core topics for environmental study and presents unparalleled interdisciplinary perspectives on issues of environmental concern. Focusing on human-environmental interrelationships, these concise, engaging, user-friendly texts respond particularly well to the demands of modular learning. Each text in the series features:

  • summaries of key concepts and contextual introductions to each topic
  • uniform, attractive, series design
  • informative diagrams illustrating key concepts and issues
  • annotated reading lists and end of chapter questions
  • lively global case-studies boxed throughout the text.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography