Anarchism and Ecological Economics: A Transformative Approach to a Sustainable Future

1st Edition

Ove Daniel Jakobsen

Routledge
December 20, 2018 Forthcoming
Reference - 202 Pages - 6 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138597587 - CAT# K387566
Series: Routledge Studies in Ecological Economics

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Summary

Anarchism and Ecological Economics: A Transformative Approach to a Sustainable Future explores the idea that anarchism – aimed at creating a society where there is as much freedom in solidarity as possible – may provide an ideal political basis for the goals of ecological economics. It seems clear that it is going to be impossible to solve the problems connected to environmental degradation, climate change, economic crashes and increasing inequality, within the existing paradigm. The anarchist aims of reducing the disparities of rank and income in society and obtaining a high standard of living within environmentally sound ecosystems chime well with the ecological economists’ goal of living within our environmental limits for the betterment of the planet and society.

The book refers to the UN’s sustainability development goals, and the goals expressed in the Earth Charter, viewing them through an anarchist’s lens. It argues that in order to establish ecological economics as a radical new economy right for the 21st century, neoliberal economics needs to be replaced. By connecting ecological economics to a solid philosophical tradition such as anarchism, it will be easier for ecological economics to become a far more potent alternative to “green” economic thinking, which is based on, and supports, the dominant political regime.

Innovative and challenging, this book will appeal to students and scholars interested in economics and the politics surrounding it.

 

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