- Series: Ecological Economics
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (August 11, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1884015727
- ISBN-13: 978-1884015724
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,188,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ecological economics is arguably the single most important academic discipline today. Indeed, one of the most cheering events in the last decade or so has been the increasing cooperation of ecologists and economists, and the gradual reintegration of their disciplines. An Introduction to Ecological Economics provides students with the results of that cooperation, giving an excellent overview of ecological economics today.
-Paul R. Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University
What a splendid overview of what will likely prove to be one of the most vital of all disciplines in the new millennium. Contrary to much conventional economics, the authors demonstrate-with splendid elan and massive documentation-that the global economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the planetary ecosystem. I have just one basic reaction: right on, write on.
-Norman Myers, Green College, Oxford University and Senior Fellow, World Wildlife Fund-U.S.
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In the final chapter, the authors make several suggestions of policy instruments that could be used to put these ideas into effect in the economic system. I thought these were well-conceived, and they addressed many of the issues and potential objections traditional economists might raise.
I think that even neoclassical economists ought to be able to read this book without being put off, if they approach it with an open mind and are willing to broaden the perspective of their field. It seems abundantly clear that such a broadening is needed to address environmental and social aspects of economic activity that have emerged during the last half century or so.
I feel that the previous Amazon review that gave the book only two stars is unfair in its assessment and misses the point of the book. This book, by establishing and justifying the underlying principles and philosophy of ecological economics, lays the foundation for proceeding with assessments and actions that other books might describe.
Also to note is that this book is available as an e-book on the Encyclopedia of Earth web site:
As an earth scientist and one concerned with the environment, social justice, and the sustainability of humanity and the earth, I have discovered that ecological economics is perhaps the most important cognitive framework for actualizing these concerns. For any progress to be made on these fronts, the economic system must be capable of reflecting these values inherently. This is what ecological economics does. Anyone concerned about these issues should embrace ecological economics as the necessary new paradigm to address 21st century challenges.
Far more helpful than this vacuous tome is the Worldwatch Institute series "State of the World," issued every year on selected topics edited by Lester R. Brown, with a variety of individually written well-footnoted articles, each on a specific aspect of development and its effects on the environment and people all over the earth. These volumes will remain useful for years to come, and you can get three of the latest books in the series for less than the cost of "An Introduction to Ecological Economics," which you won't want to keep after reading anyway.