Green Economics: An Introduction to Theory, Policy and Practice

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Earthscan, Jan 1, 2009 - Business & Economics - 224 pages
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The world as we know it needs a new economics. Climate change, financial crisis and out-of-control globalization - all the major problems facing the world have their root in the dominant economic system. The globalised marketplace is the prevailing force in our lives, undermining the real importance of our human communities and our planet. Green Economics argues that society should be embedded within the ecosystem, and that markets and economies are social structures that should respond to social and environmental priorities. This highly readable text provides an introduction to green economics including views on taxation, welfare, money, economic development and employment through the work of its inspirational figures including Schumacher, Robertson and Douthwaite. It also explores the contributions and insights of schools of thought critical of the dominant neo-classical economic paradigm, including ecofeminism, views from the global South, and the perspective of indigenous peoples. Examples of effective green policies that are already being implemented across the world are presented, as well as policy prescriptions for issues including climate change, localization, citizens' income, economic measurement, ecotaxes and trade.

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An excellent 1-volume introduction. As such it doesn't go into a great deal of depth, but the further reading section makes up for that. Particularly helpful explanations of tax models. Read full review


Where Did It All Start?
Economics and Identity
From Maximizing Profits to a Vision of Conviviality
The Policy Context
Globalization and Trade
Relocalizing Economic Relationships
Green Taxation
Green Welfare
Land and the Built Environment
Summary and Further Resources

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About the author (2009)

Molly Scott-Cato is a Reader in Green Economics at Cardiff School of Management and Economics Speaker for the Green Party. She is also a member of the core group of Transition Stroud and regularly addresses other Transition Towns on economics themes.

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