Ecological Economics: An Introduction by Michael CommonEcological Economics: An Introduction by Michael Common

Ecological Economics: An Introduction

byMichael Common, Sigrid Stagl

Hardcover | November 7, 2005

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Assuming no prior knowledge of economics, this textbook is intended for interdisciplinary environmental science and management courses. The authors, who have written extensively on the economics of sustainability, combine insights from mainstream economics as well as ecological sciences. Part I explores the interdependence of the modern economy and its environment, while Part II focuses mainly on the economy and on economics. Part III reviews how national governments set policy targets and the instruments used to pursue those targets. Part IV examines international trade and institutions, and two major global threats to sustainability - climate change and biodiversity loss.
Sigrid Stagl is Lecturer in Ecological Economics at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. She is a member of the editorial board of the journal Environmental Values and is currently Vice-President of the European Society of Ecological Economics.
Title:Ecological Economics: An IntroductionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:592 pages, 9.72 × 6.85 × 1.54 inPublished:November 7, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521816459

ISBN - 13:9780521816458


Table of Contents

1. What is ecological economics?; Part I. Interdependent Systems: 2. The environment; 3. The economy in the environment; 4. How we got here; Part II. Economic Activity: 5. Economic accounting; 6. Economic growth and human well-being; 7. Economic growth and the environment; 8. Exchange and markets; 9. Limits to markets; Part III. Governance: 10. Determining policy objectives; 11. Policy instruments; Part IV. The International Dimension: 12. A world of nation states; 13. Climate change; 14. Biodiversity loss.

Editorial Reviews

'Ecological economics is an evolving field of inquiry. Common and Stagl show us one of the directions in which the field is moving. By differentiating their approach from others in economics, they also show in what ways the field is moving away from the mainstream. This text will help students who are interested in understanding both the interactions between the economy and its environment, and the way that this potentially changes our perception of the economic problem. In a field that still has very few clear statements of principles and how those principles can be applied, it is to be warmly welcomed.' Charles Perrings, Arizona State University