Quotation Spash, Clive L. 2015. The content, direction and philosophy of ecological economics. In: Handbook of Ecological Economics, Hrsg. Joan Martínez-Alier and Roldan Muradian (Eds.), 26-47. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.


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This chapter borrows, and provides some key points, from a series of articles where I have explored the divisions in environmental research in economics (Spash, 1999; 2013; Spash and Ryan, 2012), the need to raise the profile of social and political research in ecological economics (Spash, 2011a) and the necessity of developing a clear understanding of the philosophy of science upon which to base the whole research agenda (Spash, 2012a). My position can be set out briefly as being that ecological economics has lost its direction and the mass of ‘stuff’ calling itself by this name needs to be disentangled. More specifically what is superficial and shallow should be clearly separated from what is progressive and deep. Much of the work being presented in the journal Ecological Economics and at conferences run by the international and regional societies is mainstream resource and environmental economics, not ecological economics. This reveals the betrayal of the original aims of challenging and changing society and economy as opposed to pursuing the mainstream economic goals of efficiency and growth reinforced by spreading market institutions to all aspects of life. In contrast to the economic orthodoxy, the aim of societal transformation to a more just, equitable and environmentally benign system involves a realization of the need for deconstructing the current capital accumulating, energy-intensive, materialist, hedonic system and the academic economics that provides it with supporting rhetoric.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title The content, direction and philosophy of ecological economics
Title of whole publication Handbook of Ecological Economics
Editor Joan Martínez-Alier and Roldan Muradian (Eds.)
Page from 26
Page to 47
Location Cheltenham
Publisher Edward Elgar
Year 2015
URL https://www.elgaronline.com/view/9781783471409.xml
ISBN 9781783471409

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