From Bioeconomics to Degrowth: Georgescu-Roegen's 'New Economics' in Eight Essays by Nicolas Georgescu-roegenFrom Bioeconomics to Degrowth: Georgescu-Roegen's 'New Economics' in Eight Essays by Nicolas Georgescu-roegen

From Bioeconomics to Degrowth: Georgescu-Roegen's 'New Economics' in Eight Essays

byNicolas Georgescu-roegenEditorMauro Bonaiuti

Hardcover | May 17, 2011

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Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen's (1906-94) most original contribution is his bioeconomic theory. Based on a profound rethinking of the foundations of neoclassical economics, bioeconomics represents a completely new paradigm compared to both the standard and the Marxist approach. Opening economics to natural sciences led Georgescu-Roegen to point out the bio-physical limits to growth. In the last years of his life, he also criticised the sustainable development paradigm, but his criticism disappeared together with him, only to re-emerge recently, thanks to the research on his archiveand to the interest for his viewpoints within the framework of 'degrowth'.

In his last years Georgescu-Roegen intended to publish a text entitledBioeconomics, as an initial systematic arrangement of this doctrine. This book aims to pick up that project in two ways: first, collecting Goergescu-Roegen's main contributions to bioeconomic theory, some still unpublished, and tackling the principal nubs of the discipline particularly the criticism of sustainable development.Second, recuperating that full multidisciplinarity that represents the profoundest characteristic of the bioeconomic theory. The concluding essay is now considered a cornerstone of the degrowth perspective.


Mauro Bonaiutiis one of the first scholars to devote his research to the field of sustainable degrowth and is also considered one of the major experts on Georgescu-Roegen. At present he is teaching at the University of Turin, Italy.
Title:From Bioeconomics to Degrowth: Georgescu-Roegen's 'New Economics' in Eight EssaysFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:May 17, 2011Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:041558700X

ISBN - 13:9780415587006


Table of Contents

1. IntroductionMauro Bonaiuti  2. The Entropy Law and the Economic Problem  3. Energy and Economic Myths  4. The Steady State and the Ecological Salvation: A Thermodynamic Analysis  5. Inequality, Limits and Growth from a Bioeconomic Viewpoint  6. Energy Analysis and Economic Valuation  7. Bioeconomics and Ethics  8. Feasible Recipes Versus Viable Technologies  9. Quo Vadis Homo Sapiens-sapiens  10. From Bioeconomics to DegrowthMauro Bonaiuti