Frontiers in Ecological Economic Theory and Application, 2007
Edited by Jon D. Erickson, Associate Professor of Ecological Economics,
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont
and John M. Gowdy, Rittenhouse Professor of Humanities and Social Science,
Department of Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US
Research on the cutting edge of economics, ecology, and ethics is presented in this timely study. Building from a theoretical critique of the tradition of cost–benefit analysis, the contributors lay
the foundation for a macroeconomics of environmental sustainability and distributive justice. Attention is then turned to three of the most critical areas of social and environmental applied research – biodiversity, climate change, and energy.
The contributors redefine progress away from growth and toward development. To this end, the first section of the book tackles the dominant framework used in the US today to evaluate tradeoffs between economic growth and its inherent externalities. Succeeding chapters cover a wide variety of studies related to biodiversity health and energy. Each section is anchored with overviews by top scholars in these areas – including Herman Daly, Carl McDaniel, Stephen Schneider, and Nathan Hagens – and followed by detailed analyses reflecting the transdisciplinary approach of ecological economics.
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