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An Introduction to Ecological Economics, Second Edition

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Humanity's Current Dilemma The Global Ecosystem and the Economic Subsystem From Localized Limits to Global Limits Population and Poverty Beyond Brundtland Toward Sustainability The Fragmentation of Economics and the Natural Sciences The Historical Development of Economics and Ecology Early Codevelopment of Economics and Natural Science Economics and Ecology Specialize and Separate Reintegration of Ecology and Economics Conclusions Principles and Objectives of Ecological Economics Sustainable Scale, Fair Distribution, and Efficient Allocation Ecosystems, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services Substitutability versus Complementarity of Natural, Human, Social, and Built Capital Population and Carrying Capacity Measuring Welfare and Well-Being Valuation, Choice, and Uncertainty Trade and Community Institutions, Instruments, and Policies History of Environmental Institutions and Instruments The Need to Develop a Shared Vision of a Sustainable Society Successes, Failures, and Remedies Policy Instruments: Some Background Examples of Policies, Instruments, and Institutions Governance Conclusions and Prospects for the Future References Index

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University of Vermont, Burlington, USA University of Maryland, Solomons, Maryland, USA University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA World Bank, Washington, DC, USA University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California,


"... summarises the `state of the art' in the discipline. ...The ecological threats posed by the modern market system and its use of advertising to promote consumption are extensively discussed. ... a useful handbook." -South African Journal of Science, November/December 2015 "... a useful transdisciplinary lens through which to view and understand stubborn global problems of inequity, environmental degradation and declining well-being. It challenges the traditional use of GDP as a metric of progress and argues for an approach more in tune with the challenges of the 21st Century , one that builds and values stronger socio-ecological systems as the only way of ensuring transformative change for all in an increasingly full world." -Dr. Debra Roberts, Ethekwini Municipality, Durban South Africa "... a unique tool to approach issues that are vital for the future of the planet and of our societies. It is a fundamental book to deeply understand the complexity of the issues at stake, as well as the need to connect multiple disciplines to find the right policy solutions to today and tomorrow challenges." -Enrico Giovannini, University of Rome "Tor Vergata" "This book addresseses the most important problems facing both people and planet, and challenges conventional thinking. It is essential reading for anybody who wants to understand the connections between wellbeing and environmental sustainability, and how to envision a better future for us all." -Kate Pickett, The University of York "Coming from the people who, more than anyone else, have pioneered and developed the subject, this book is much more than an introduction to ecological economics. It provides a through grounding in a field that that should be becoming central to modern political and economic policy and thinking." -Richard Wilkinson, Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology

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