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Sustainability in Question
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Exploring approaches to sustainability by linking the economy, society and the environment, this book uses concepts of sustainability from the physical and social sciences to develop a framework for creating policies. It aims to shed light on the ability of humans to create institutional and social arrangements which are able to adapt to changing conditions. The authors consider the state of environmental and institutional sustainability within the context of economic and activity and public policy. They recognize that some of the basic economic notions such as universal substitutability, methodological individualism and the superiority of the price mechanism may be misplaced in the case of environmental protection.
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Contents: Part I: Introduction Part II: Conceptual Frameworks Revised Part III: Sustainable Production Part IV: Sustainable Consumption Part V: Sustainability and Political Economy Index

About the Author

Edited by Jorg Kohn, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Rostock University, Germany, John M. Gowdy, Rittenhouse Professor of Humanities and Social Science, Department of Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US, Friedrich Hinterberger, SERI - Sustainable Europe Research Institute, Austria and Jan van der Straaten, Retired Senior Lecturer, Department of Leisure Studies, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

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`This is a valuable book and surprisingly engaging even for a non-economist. It is a worthwhile contribution to an invaluable debate.' -- James Connelly, Environmental Politics `The book is a useful contribution to the emerging field of ecological economics (as distinct from environmental economics), which will take a more relational and contextual view of the role of economics in ensuring sustainable development. It has the potential to bring a politically powerful discipline on to the same pages as many of the other social sciences in terms of tackling the issue of environmentally and socially sustainable development.' -- Daanish Mustafa, Environment `. . . the most impressive collection of facts and figures on the global economy - its people and environment.' -- Long Range Planning `. . . these chapters provide interesting and worthwhile contributions to the field of sustainability under the auspices of ecological economics . . . a collection of interesting papers.' -- Simon Niemeyer, International Journal of Sustainable Development

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