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Handbook of Ecological Economics

This comprehensive Handbook neatly encapsulates the field of ecological economics, the fluid interface between the economic and ecological systems. Leading scholars systematize the state-of-the-art and put forward their insights about future development in their respective areas of expertise. The result is a compendium of stimulating and outstanding contributions, interesting for both junior and more experienced readers alike. Subjects covered include the analytical and philosophical foundations of ecological economics, deliberative valuation methods, social metabolism, ecological macroeconomics, the de-growth movement, socio-environmental conflicts, the scope and valuation of ecosystem services, traditional ecological knowledge, social dilemmas in common pool resource management; consumption patterns, global environmental governance and emerging tools for dealing with environmental problems, such as payments for ecosystem services. Covering the most salient topics in the field of ecological economics and with a wide scope, from philosophical foundations to practical applications, this book will be invaluable to students, scholars, researchers and policy makers.
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Contents: 1. Taking Stock: The Keystones of Ecological Economics Joan Martinez-Alier and Roldan Muradian 2. The Content, Direction and Philosophy of Ecological Economics Clive L. Spash 3. Analytical Philosophy and Ecological Economics John O'Neill and Thomas Uebel 4. Value Deliberation in Ecological Economics Christos Zografos 5. Social Metabolism: A Metrics for Biophysical Growth and Degrowth Marina Fischer-Kowalski and Helmut Haberl 6. Macroeconomic Policies and Environmental Sustainability Alejandro Nadal 7. Modeling a Non-Growing Economy: An Autobiographical Note Peter A. Victor 8. Degrowth: Between a Scientific Concept and a Slogan for a Social Movement Panos Petridis, Barbara Muraca and Giorgos Kallis 9. Water: Ecological Economics and Socio-environmental Conflicts Beatriz Rodriguez-Labajos and Joan Martinez-Alier 10. The Contributions of the Ecosystem Services Paradigm to Sustainability Science, Policy and Practice Rudolf de Groot and Leon Braat 11. Ecological Economics Perspectives on Ecosystem Services Valuation Erik Gomez-Baggethun and Berta Martin-Lopez 12. The Values of Traditional Ecological Knowledge Victoria Reyes-Garcia 13. From Conventional Economics to Complexity in Social Dilemmas: Lessons from CPR Experiments in the Lab and the Field Juan Camilo Cardenas 14. Sustainable Consumption - Transitions, Systems and Practices Inge Ropke 15. Consumers, The Environment, and the New Global Middle Classes Alejandro Guarin and Imme Scholz 16. Global Environmental Governance Arild Vatn 17. Economic Instruments in Policy Mixes for Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Governance Irene Ring and David N. Barton 18. The Rise of PES in Brazil: From Pilot Projects to Public Policies Emilie Coudel, Joice Ferreira, Mauricio de Carvalho Amazonas, Ludivine Eloy, Marcelo Hercowitz, Luciano Mattos, Peter May, Roldhan Muradian, Marie-Gabrielle Piketty and Fabiano Toni 19. Looking Forward: Current Concerns and the Future of Ecological Economics Joan Martinez-Alier and Roldan Muradian Index

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Edited by Joan Martinez-Alier, Professor of Economics and Economic History, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain and Roldan Muradian, Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program of Economics, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil


'This volume is a much-needed addition to the literature on ecological economics. The essays in this volume represent a return to the basic ontological foundations which distinguished the field from standard economics at its inception over three decades ago-the insistence that the economy is grounded in biophysical reality and that human needs cannot be reduced to economic calculation. As the authors argue, the inspiration for a revitalization of ecological economics lies not in welfare economics but in new developments in the biophysical and behavioral sciences.'- John Gowdy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US

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