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Description - Understanding Sustainability Economics by Peter Soderbaum

This highly readable yet challenging book provides a critical examination of the failings of mainstream economics and the resultant environmental problems we are facing. Most importantly, it articulates what an alternative economics for sustainability would look like in both theory and practice. The book provides a brief history of economics and looks at the intersection between politics and the often hidden values embedded in economics. Also covered are the roles of individuals and organizations, political structures and institutions, democracy, environmental decision-making, sustainability assessment and a vision of a future underpinned by sustainability economics. A main point raised is that, in any serious attempt to come to grips with unsustainable trends, fundamental issues such as the theory of science, the role of science in society, paradigms in economics, ideological orientations and institutional arrangements need to be critically examined. The theory is supported by case studies, explanatory figures, further reading sections and discussion questions to facilitate debate and learning.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781844076277
ISBN-10: 184407627X
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Earthscan Ltd
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Peter Soderbaum

Peter S derbaum is Professor of Ecological Economics at M lardalen University, Sweden and author of a number of books including Ecological Economics (2000). His numerous articles have been published in journals such as Ecological Economics, Journal of Bioeconomics, Post-autistic Economics Review, Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management and International Journal of Green Economics.