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A Survey of Ecological Economics
edited by Rajaram Krishnan, Jonathan Harris and Neva R. Goodwin
Island Press, 1995
Cloth: 978-1-55963-410-6 | Paper: 978-1-55963-411-3 | eISBN: 978-1-61091-112-2
Library of Congress Classification HD75.6.S855 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 338.9


The emergent discipline of ecological economics is based on the idea that the world's economies are a function of the earth's ecosystems -- an idea that radically reverses the world view of neoclassical economics. A Survey of Ecological Economics provides the first overview of this new field, and a comprehensive and systematic survey of its critical literature.

The editors of the volume summarize ninety-five seminal articles, selected through an exhaustive survey, that advance the field of ecological economics and represent the best thinking to date in the area. Each two- to three-page summary is far more comprehensive than a typical abstract, and presents both the topics covered in each paper and the most important arguments made about each topic. Sections cover:

  • historical perspective

  • definition, scope, and interdisciplinary issues

  • theoretical frameworks and techniques

  • energy and resource flow analysis

  • accounting and evaluation

  • North-South/international issues

  • ethical/social/institutional issues

Each section is preceded by an introductory essay that outlines the current state of knowledge in the field and proposes a research agenda for the future.

A Survey of Ecological Economics is the first volume in the Frontier Issues in Economic Thought series produced by the Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University.

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