1st Edition

Understanding Sustainability Economics Towards Pluralism in Economics

By Peter Soderbaum Copyright 2008
    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    174 Pages
    by Routledge

    This highly readable yet challenging book provides a critical examination of the failings of mainstream economics and the resultant environmental problems we are facing. Most importantly, it articulates what an alternative economics for sustainability would look like in both theory and practice. The book provides a brief history of economics and looks at the intersection between politics and the often hidden values embedded in economics. Also covered are the roles of individuals and organizations, political structures and institutions, democracy, environmental decision-making, sustainability assessment and a vision of a future underpinned by sustainability economics. A main point raised is that, in any serious attempt to come to grips with unsustainable trends, fundamental issues such as the theory of science, the role of science in society, paradigms in economics, ideological orientations and institutional arrangements need to be critically examined. The theory is supported by case studies, explanatory figures, further reading sections and discussion questions to facilitate debate and learning.

    Preface * Economics for Sustainability * Unsustainable and Sustainable Trends * Sustainability Politics: Are there Protected Zones in the Development Dialogue? * From Economic Man to Political Economic Person * Interpretations of Non-Market and Market Relationships in Relation to Sustainability * Actors, Agendas and Arenas for Social and Institutional Change * Approaches to Decision-Making and Sustainability Assessment * Towards Sustainability Economics * Index


    Peter Soderbaum is Professor of Ecological Economics at Mälardalen University, Sweden and author of a number of books including Ecological Economics (2000). His numerous articles have been published in journals such as Ecological Economics, Journal of Bioeconomics, Post-autistic Economics Review, Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management and International Journal of Green Economics.

    'A crowning lifetime achievement by one of our best ecological writers.' Jack Reardon, Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Stout and Editor of International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education 'An erudite articulation of an alternative economic thinking ... I recommend this book to all those who desire to see economics address the human condition.' Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, Executive Director, UN-Habitat, and Under-Secretary-General, United Nations