Society's nature: Ecological economics and the combined challenge of environment and distribution

Inge Røpke

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    Abstract

    The paper introduces the emerging field of ecological economics and evaluates its potential for addressing some of the concerns within development studies. It takes as its point of departure the study of the relationship between nature and society that emerged in the wake of the environmental discourse in the 1960s. In the first section, a new perspective in the study of the interaction between society and nature is briefly outlined. Thereafter, the field of ecological economics is discussed as a specific example of this new perspective, followed by its potential link to the development debate, in particular the combination of the environmental and distributional issues and the challenges therein. Finally, the paper reflects on the persuasive potential of ecological economics in relation to politics.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal fuer Entwicklungspolitik
    Volume26
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)14-35
    ISSN0258-2384
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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