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xxix, 299 p.
Our planet is finite. Our political and economic systems were designed for an infinite planet. These difficult truths anchor the perceptive analysis offered in The Other Road to Serfdom and the Path to Sustainable Democracy. With wit, energy, and a lucid prose style, Eric Zencey identifies the key elements of "infinite planet" thinking that underlie our economics and our politics-and shows how they must change. Zencey's title evokes F. A. Hayek, who argued that any attempt to set overall limits to free markets-any attempt at centralized planning-is "the road to serfdom." But Hayek's argument works only if the planet is infinite. If Hayek is right that planning and democracy are irreducibly in conflict, Zencey argues, then on a finite planet, "free markets operated on infinite planet principles are just the other road to serfdom." The alternative is ecological economics, an emergent field that accepts limits to what humans can accomplish economically on a finite planet. Zencey explains this new school of thought and applies it to current political and economic concerns: the financial collapse, terrorism, population growth, hunger, the energy and oil industry's social control, and the deeply rooted dissatisfactions felt by conservative "values" voters who have been encouraged to see smaller government and freer markets as the universal antidote. What emerges is a coherent vision, a progressive and hopeful alternative to neoconservative economic and political theory-a foundation for an economy that meets the needs of the 99% and just might help save civilization from ecological and political collapse.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781584659617 20180521
xxx, 329 p. : ill. (some col.)
  • Part I: Questions, Questions, Questions.- 1. What on Earth is wrong?- 1:1 Paradise lost.- 1:2 Environmental doomsday and international reaction.- 1:3 Reaching the limits?- 2. What's economics got to do with it?- 2:1 Economics out of sync?- 2:2 Schools of eco-nomic thought.- 2:3 Economic sustainability: maintaining capital and welfare.- 2:4 Ecological sustainability: dematerialisation.- 3. Sustainable development - blueprint or fig Leaf?- 3:1 What is development?- 3:2 Towards an operational definition of sustainable development.- 3:3 Normative economics for sustainable development?- Part II: Assessing the Physical Base of the Economy.- 4. Statistics and indicators.- 4:1 Statistical frameworks.- 4:2 From statistics to indicators 'for' sustainable development.- 4:3 Global warming: the indicator 'of' (non)sustainable development?- 5. Aggregation: From indicators to indices.- 5:1 Aggregation methods.- 5:2 Indices of environmental sustainability and sustainable development.- 5:3 Critique: towards a 'balanced' approach.- 6. Energy and material flow accounting.- 6:1 Rationale: social metabolism and environmental sustainability.- 6:2 Energy accounting.- 6:3 Material flow accounting.- Part III: Greening the Economic Accounts.- 7. Linking the physical and monetary accounts.- 7:1 Measures of economic welfare and wealth.- 7:2 Extending the national accounts: incorporating nature's assets.- 7:3 Hybrid accounts: expanding the production boundary.- 8. SEEA - the System for Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting.- 8:1 Pricing the priceless.- 8:2 SEEA objectives, structure and indicators.- 8:3 Case studies.- 8:4 SEEA revision.- 9. Corporate accounting: accounting for accountability.- 9:1 From accountability to accounting.- 9:2 From accounting to management.- Part IV: Analysis - Modelling Sustainability.- 10. Diagnosis: has the economy behaved sustainably?- 10:1 Welfare secured? Dematerialised? Capital maintained?- 10:2 What are the causes? Structural analysis of environmental impact.- 11. Prediction: will economic growth be sustainable?- 11:1 Econometrics: the Environmental Kuznets Curve Hypothesis.- 11:2 Simulation of non-sustainability: the Limits-to-Growth model.- 12. Policy analysis: can we make growth sustainable?- 12:1 Environmental policy measures in general equilibrium and input-output analysis.- 12:2 Environmental constraints and optimality - a linear programming approach.- 12:3 Dynamic analysis: optimality and sustainability of economic growth.- Part V: Strategic Outlook.- 13. Strategies: tackling the limits to growth.- 13:1 Ignoring the limits: muddling through.- 13:2 Complying with limits: curbing economic activity.- 13:3 Pushing the limits: eco-efficiency.- 13:4 Adopting limits: sufficiency, corporate social responsibility, environmental ethics.- 14. Globalisation and global governance.- 14:1 Sustainability effects of globalisation.- 14:2 Global governance for sustainable development.- 15. Questions, questions, questions - and some answers.- 15:1 What's the problem?- 15:2 What's economics got to do with it?- 15:3 How bad is it?- 15:4 What can be done?- 15:5 Some non-conclusive answers.- Annexes.- I. Market failure and environmental cost internalisation - a primer.- II. Economic rent and natural resource depletion.- III. SEEA Germany - a pilot case study.- References.- Index.- Colour Plates.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781402069659 20160605
This thought-provoking and colorful book cuts through the fog of vision and advocacy by comparing and applying new quantitative tools of both environmental and ecological economics. Environmental accounts and empirical analyses provide operational concepts and measures of the sustainability of economic performance and growth. The text raises doubts, however, about the measurability of sustainable development. Further reading sections are provided at the end of each chapter.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781402069659 20160605
vi, 210 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Searching for explanations for the resource-poverty nexus: 1. Economics of poverty, environment and natural-resource use: introduction-- A. Ruijs, R.B. Dellink and D.W. Bromley.- 2. Poverty traps and resource dynamics in smallholder agrarian systems-- C.B. Barrett.- 3. Water resource management and the poor-- P. Hellegers, K. Schoengold and D. Zilberman.- Payments for and values of environmental and forestry resources:4. The role of measurement problems and monitoring in PES schemes-- G. Meijerink.- 5. Can ecotourism be an alternative to traditional fishing? An analysis with reference to the case of the Saloum Delta (Senegal)-- O. Sarr, J. Boncoeur, M. Travers and M.C. Cormier-Salem.- 6. Effects of poverty on deforestation: distinguishing behaviour from location-- A. Pfaff, S. Kerr, R. Cavatassi, B. Davis, L. Lipper, A. Sanchez and J. Timmins.- 7. Willingness to pay for systematic management of community forests for conservation of non-timber forest products in Nigeria's rainforest region: implications for poverty alleviation-- N.A. Chukwuone and C.E. Okorji.- Sustainable land use: 8. Traditional institutions and sustainable livelihood: evidences from upland agricultural communities in the Philippines-- M. Omura.- 9. Farmers investing in sustainable land use at a tropical forest fringe, the Philippines-- M.R. Romero and W.T. de Groot.- 10. A bargaining model of migration: getting the permission of the farm household-- A. Mensah-Bonsu and K. Burger.- List of contributors.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781402083020 20160528
Reduction of poverty is a tremendous and persistent challenge for the global community. Given that the livelihood of millions is at stake, there is an urgent need to reconsider the causes of and the remedies for poverty. Poverty and its reduction are closely linked to the natural-resources base. The quality and bounty of the local environment certainly affect living conditions of the poor and their poverty is often seen as a contributing factor to the degraded condition of the local environment. Teasing apart the direction of causality in this resource - poverty nexus is a serious empirical challenge. This book contributes to an improved understanding of the economic dimensions of environmental and natural-resource management and poverty alleviation. The ten chapters of the book offer an overview of the current knowledge concerning the relation between poverty, environment and natural-resource use. Three sides of the debate receive particular attention. First, the relation between resource use and poverty is discussed from a theoretical point of view. Second, it is questioned whether payments for environmental services or considering values of resources can be an effective tool for stimulating both sustainable resource use and poverty alleviation. Third, alternative strategies to break the land degradation - poverty cycle are discussed.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781402083020 20160528
xii, 142 p. : ill.
  • CHAPTER 1 BACKGROUND-- 1.1 Definition of Water Quality and Water Pollution-- 1.2 Water Quality Regulation and Policy Reviews-- 1.3 Introduction to Water Quality Trading-- CHAPTER 2 CONCEPT, FRAMEWORK AND CONSIDERATIONS FOR WATER QUALITY-- 2.1. Concept about Tradable Permit Systems-- 2.2 Framework for Establishing WQT Systems-- 2.3 Considerations in Establishing Tradable Permit Schemes-- CHAPTER 3 OVERVIEW OF OBSERVATIONS IN WATER QUALITY TRADING-- 3.1 Overview of Water Trading Programs in the U.S.-- 3.2 Observations Derived from Trading Programs-- CHAPTER 4 THE ROLE OF TRADING-- 4.1 A Specific Role of Trading in WQT programs-- 4.2 Important Barriers Hindering the Role of Trading-- 4.3 Generic Roles of Water Quality Trading-- CHAPTER 5 CONCLUSION-- 5.1 What distinguishes the success of one WQT program vs. another-- 5.2 How well do the WQT programs within the U.S. perform?-- 5.3 Why did WQT programs fail to have active trading-- 5.4 What should the roles of trading be in water quality management?-- 5.5 What is the suggested guidance for designing WQT programs-- 5.6 What are the recommended approaches for promoting a WQT implementation-- REFERENCES-- APPENDIX-- Appendix Summary Details of Water Quality Trading Programs-- Appendix A- 1: Part I Regarding Activity, Type of Participants, Pollutants and Market Structure-- Appendix A-2: Part II Regarding Size of Watershed, Number of PS, Trading Ratio, Number of Trade, and Characteristics of Participants-- Appendix A-3: Part III Regarding TMDL in the Program and Cost-Saving-- Appendix A-4: Summary of Analysis Results from Appendix A-1, A-2, A-3-- References.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781402058622 20160528
This book presents both general and comprehensive observations of unsuccessful and successful experiences in water pollution trading programs within the U.S. These experiences help in understanding the major environmental, economic and regulatory barriers that prevent the application of pollution trading in water media to become successful. Chapter 1 explains the background and history of water quality and water pollution control policy and management. Chapter 2 provides the economic background regarding pollution trading and essential elements for setting water quality trading programs. Fundamental elements to understand the water pollution problem and factors needed for establishing water quality trading programs are thoroughly discussed. Chapters 3 and 4 present overall (generic) and comprehensive (specific) experiences (problems and success) regarding water quality trading with in the U.S. Finally, Chapter 5 provides suggested approaches for potential application and development of water quality trading programs. This work combines background information with real experience, and gives recommendations for anyone who wants to understand actual roles of trading and is interested in the development of a water quality trading program in the future.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781402058622 20160528


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