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Ecological Economics: An Introduction Paperback – 13 Oct 2005
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'This book provides a coherent account of the major environmental challenges to economic and human progress of the twenty first century … I recommended it highly to all students and scholars of the emerging field.' Neil Adger, University of East Anglia
'How refreshing to see an introductory economics textbook which begins by stating, 'The pursuit of sustainable development … cannot be left to markets - there is an inescapable role for government'! This new text is the first I've seen which actually begins from the beginning, setting the economy in its environmental context and requiring no prior economics indoctrination …This is an introduction to economics for the 21st century, economics as it must become if the profession - and the global economy itself - are to survive.' Patricia E. Perkins, York University, Toronto
'Here it is - the book that fills the gap! It offers students a very good introduction to environmental management as the interdisciplinary challenge it is. It integrates core elements from natural and social sciences into a coherent text - a rare feature. In doing so it is really enlightening, well structured and enjoyable to read. Moreover, it is well organized for teaching purposes - even with a web page attached to it.' Arild Vatn, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
'Commons and Stagl have written the definitive text to date for ecological/environmental economics … This text brings environmental economics into the twenty-first century and will be the standard in the field for years to come.' John Gowdy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
'This is the most comprehensive and readable treatment of the complex transdisciplinary field of ecological economics to date. It will be a standard reference for students and practioners for years to come.' Robert Costanza, University of Vermont
'With this excellent text, Mick Common and Sigrid Stagl have provided an authoritative introduction to ecological economics … With extensive referencing to the current literature, the book is an excellent basis for the study of ecological economics and environmental policy.' John Proops, Keele University
'Environmental economics has existed as a powerful discipline for nearly fifty years. Ecological economics borrows heavily from it, and overlaps it significantly. But there are differences. Ecological economics perhaps invests more heavily in understanding ecological science, takes more note of discontinuities and non-linearities in ecological and economic systems, and pays less attention to notions of economic efficiency and outcomes determined by short-term human wants. Anyone wanting an explanation and exploration of these differences in a lucid and informative manner will want to own Mick Common and Sigrid Stagl's textbook. It is a very fine introduction.' David Pearce, University College London
'Clear presentations of the reasoning and facts underlying environmental science and economics, a steady focus on the high hopes of economists and the earthly fears of ecologists, and inspiring descriptions of how ecological economists are trying to make sense of life on earth. This is the book we have been waiting for.' Richard B. Norgaard, University of California, Berkeley, and former President, International Society for Ecological Economics
'This book satisfies the urgent need for an introductory text on Ecological Economics that is informative but not overly detailed on environmental sciences, strong on and where necessary critical of economics, and representative in its coverage of new theory and methods.' Jeroen C. J. M. van den Bergh, Free University, Amsterdam
'Ecological Economics: An Introduction could and should be used in core courses in academic programs aimed at integrating ecology and economics at the levels of research and praxis.' Richard B. Howarth, Dartmouth College
Taking as its starting point the interdependence of human and natural systems, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to the emerging field of ecological economics. It assumes no prior knowledge of economics and is well suited for use on interdisciplinary environmental science and management courses.See all Product description