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Söderbaum, P. (2022). Decision-making in relation to health and environment: Toward sustainability economics. Frontiers in Sustainability, 3, 1-9
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Decision-making in relation to health and environment: Toward sustainability economics
2022 (English)In: Frontiers in Sustainability, E-ISSN 2673-4524, Vol. 3, p. 1-9Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The challenge of sustainable developmment suggests that economics is defined as "multidimensional management of resources in a democratic society". A "sustainability economics" is needed which differs from mainstream neoclassical theory and method. Individuals are understood as "political economic persons" and organisations as "political economic organisations" guided by an "ideological orientation" or "mission". Markets are interpreted in network terms and decision-making as a "matching" process. Positional Analysis is advocated as approach to investments at the societal level for example in roads or energy systems. It is argued that  the proposed conceptual framework adds to our dialogue about policies for sustainability. In a democracy, radical institutional change need to be considered in attempts to make development of our political economic system sustainable rather than unsustainable.

Keywords
sustainable development, sustainability economics, political economics, political economic person, political economic organisation, democracy, ideological orientation, multiple-stage decision processes
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Industrial Economics and Organisations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-60495 (URN)10.3389/frsus.2022.943425 (DOI)2-s2.0-85158918624 (Scopus ID)
Note

I rollen som reviewer har ytterligare en person från MDU medverkat. Han har också bidragit med en artikel i samma sammanhang.

Available from: 2022-10-28 Created: 2022-10-28 Last updated: 2024-01-23Bibliographically approved
Söderbaum, P. (2021). Democracy, ideological orientation and sustainable development. In: Gordon Crawford and Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai (Ed.), Research Handbook on Democracy and Development: (pp. 522-534). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Democracy, ideological orientation and sustainable development
2021 (English)In: Research Handbook on Democracy and Development / [ed] Gordon Crawford and Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2021, p. 522-534Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Present development is unsustainable in important respects for example in relation to some of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Climate change, biological diversity and pollution of soil and water are examples. Also the health of populations of human beings are threatened and affected.

Can a strengthened democracy contribute to progress in relation to the SDGs? In the present chapter it is argued that issues of values, ethics and ideology, and even justice, need to be discussed more openly. One observation is that the conceptual framework and discipline of economics plays a crucial role in public dialogue about  development issues and that there is a monopoly position for neoclassical theory with its specific ideological content in university departments of economics.

A more pluralist eonomics, that is an economics compatible with democracy, where institutional eological economics is one among alternatives, would represent an important step forward in strengthening democracy and hopefully improvinng performance in relation to the 17 SDGs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2021
Series
Elgar Handbooks in Development
Keywords
democracy, Sustainable Development Goals, neoclassical economics, ecological economics, ideological orientation, Positional Analysis
National Category
Social Sciences Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-53039 (URN)10.4337/9781788112659.00042 (DOI)2-s2.0-85129601336 (Scopus ID)9781788112642 (ISBN)
Note

Den aktuella handboken "Research Handbook on Democracy and Development" publiceras av Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK i mars 2021

Available from: 2021-01-17 Created: 2021-01-17 Last updated: 2023-09-21Bibliographically approved
Söderbaum, P. (2021). Each paradigm in economics is a scientific and ideological paradigm. World Economics Association (WEA) Commentaries, 11(2), 9-10
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Each paradigm in economics is a scientific and ideological paradigm
2021 (English)In: World Economics Association (WEA) Commentaries, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 9-10Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Should our understandig of "paradigm" in relation to social sciences like economics be limited to Kuhn's ideas of "scientific revolutions"? In this commentary it is argued that paradigm can alternatively be connected with a conceptual framework and language which claims to be helpful in understanding problems faced in contemporary society.

Ecological economics can be broadly understood as economics for sustainable development. To deal with problems of climate change, pollution in air, land and water or biodiversity loss, a conceptual framework and language that differs from the neoclassical one is probably needed. Elements of such a different language are indicated. The reasons to consider paradigms, alternative to the neoclassical perspective, are partly a matter of ideological orientation. A pursuit of sustainable development for example  differs from pursuit of economic growth in monetary terms and monetary profits in business.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol, UK: , 2021
Keywords
Economics, paradigm as language, ideology, pluralism, democracy, sustainable development, eclogical economics
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Industrial Economics and Organisations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-55542 (URN)
Available from: 2021-08-11 Created: 2021-08-11 Last updated: 2022-11-08Bibliographically approved
Söderbaum, P. (2021). Makten över det politiska språket: Mitt liv som ekologisk ekonom. Västerås: Mälardalens högskola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Makten över det politiska språket: Mitt liv som ekologisk ekonom
2021 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalens högskola, 2021. p. 107
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-55044 (URN)978-91-7485-506-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-06-22 Created: 2021-06-22 Last updated: 2021-06-22Bibliographically approved
Söderbaum, P. (2021). Planen för södra Uppsala är inte demokratisk. Upsala Nya Tidning (16 mars 2021)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Planen för södra Uppsala är inte demokratisk
2021 (Swedish)In: Upsala Nya Tidning, no 16 mars 2021Article in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [sv]

Översiktlig planering i Uppsala kommun är för närvarande inriktad på storskalig epansion av bostäder och arbetsplatser i kommunens södra delar. Kommunledningen vill bygga för 50 000 personer på en begränssad yta. En mångsidig planering efterlyses men hittillsvarande planering har varit ensidig vad beträffar handlingsalternativ och visioner. Kommunledningen förefaller göra allt för att låsa och manipulera utvecklingen. En mer öppen och demokratisk beslutsprocess efterlyses.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: , 2021
Keywords
Uppsala kommun, översiktlig planering, demokrati, ensidigt beslutsunderlag, manipulation
National Category
Social Sciences Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-53813 (URN)
Projects
Ekonomi för hållbar utveckling
Note

Artikeln var införd under Debatt UNT. Jag har skrivit flera insändare i ämnet men väljer att inte rapportera dem i DIVA

Available from: 2021-04-04 Created: 2021-04-04 Last updated: 2022-11-08Bibliographically approved
Söderbaum, P. (2020). Ecological economics in research and teaching: A matter of theoretical and ideological perspective. In: Decker, Samuel, Wolfram Elsner and Svenja Flechtner (Ed.), Principles and Pluralist Approaches in Teaching Economics: Towards a Transformative Science (pp. 138-151). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ecological economics in research and teaching: A matter of theoretical and ideological perspective
2020 (English)In: Principles and Pluralist Approaches in Teaching Economics: Towards a Transformative Science / [ed] Decker, Samuel, Wolfram Elsner and Svenja Flechtner, London: Routledge, 2020, p. 138-151Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Present development trends are unsustainable in important respects. Reference can be made to a failure in governance. Behind governance is neoclassical economics as a mainstream conceptual framework and neoliberalism as ideology. It can be argued that neoclassical theory in its monopoly position and that neoliberalism with its extreme beliefs in markets has failed.

Pluralism in economics education is a first step. We need a new conceptual framework in economics education, new ideas about the concept of economics, about individuals, organizations, markets, decision-making, assessment of public projects, sustainability politics and institutional change. An attempt in this direction is presented in the chapter.

It is not an easy task to organize and implement courses and programs in ecological economics at a university where economics and business management departments are largely locked into traditional ideas of their disciplines. Some experiences from 10 years of ecological economic education in Sweden are presented.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2020
Series
Routledge Advances in Heterodox Economics
Keywords
sustainable development, neoclassical economics, institutional economics, pluralism, economics education
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Industrial Economics and Organisations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-46195 (URN)2-s2.0-85132187408 (Scopus ID)978-1-138-03768-7 (ISBN)978-1-315-17773-1 (ISBN)
Projects
Ekologisk ekonomi - ekonomi för hållbar utveckling
Note

Boken finnns sedan någon månad dvs från 2019 men i bokens första sidor anges 2020 som utgivningsår.

Boken finns både i hardback format och som e-book.

Available from: 2019-11-27 Created: 2019-11-27 Last updated: 2023-09-21Bibliographically approved
Söderbaum, P. (2020). One paradigm or many?: Toward a democracy-oriented economics. WEA Commentaries, 10(4), 7-7
Open this publication in new window or tab >>One paradigm or many?: Toward a democracy-oriented economics
2020 (English)In: WEA Commentaries, ISSN 2515-2602, Vol. 10, no 4, p. 7-7Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Mainstream neoclassical economics is not neutral with respect to values and ideological orientation. In university departments of economics there is a close to monopoly position of neoclassical economics as paradigm. This is a specific political economics, that is economics with a specific ideological orientation. In a democracy we are expected to listen to actors who differ with respect to ideological orientation.

Present development is unsustainable in relation to some of the UN defined 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). Present unsustainable development has largely been based on neoclassical economics as paradigm and the connected neoliberal ideology. If we wish to deal seriously with issues of unsustainable development in different forms we have to encourage competing or complemmentary paradigms in economics

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol UK: , 2020
Keywords
paradigm, democracy, sustainable development goals, economics, ideological orientation
National Category
Social Sciences Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-53040 (URN)
Available from: 2021-01-17 Created: 2021-01-17 Last updated: 2022-11-08Bibliographically approved
Söderbaum, P. (2020). Positional Analysis: A Multidimensional and Democracy-Oriented Approach to Decision-Making and Sustainability. Sustainability, 12, 1-11, Article ID Sustainability 2020, 12,5555;doi:10.3390/su12145555.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Positional Analysis: A Multidimensional and Democracy-Oriented Approach to Decision-Making and Sustainability
2020 (English)In: Sustainability, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 12, p. 1-11, article id Sustainability 2020, 12,5555;doi:10.3390/su12145555Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Essential principles of democracy are threatened in many parts of the world. In mainstream economics textbooks, reference to democracy is marginal or non-existent. At issue is if economics as a discipline can contribute to strengthen democracy in policy-making and decision-situations more generally. In this essay, it is proposed that democracy becomes part of the definition of economics. While mainstream neoclassical cost-benefit analysis (CBA) is criticized as being technocratic, positional analysis (PA)connected with institutional ecological economics is advocated and presented with its essential elements. While a specific ideological orientation with emphasis on markets is built into CBA, PA represents an attempt to identify more than one ideological orientation or narrative as relevant among actors related to an issue. This is part of an attempt to carry out a many-sided analysis. If we wish to make the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) part of analysis, then multidimensional thinking is needed. PA is an attempt to avoid the "monetary reductionism" of CBA in favor of an analysis where monetaryand non-monetary impacts (of different kinds) are separated and where, particularly on the non-monetary side, issues of inertia and irreversibility of impacts are observed,

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basel: MDPI, 2020
Keywords
democracy; political economics; political economic person;ideological orientation; narrative;decision-making; matching; neoclassical economics; cost-benefit analysis; institutional ecological economics; positional analysis
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Industrial Economics and Organisations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-49418 (URN)10.3390/su12145555 (DOI)000554251000001 ()2-s2.0-85088583356 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Economics for sustainable development
Note

"Sustainability" is an open access journal available at www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability

Available from: 2020-07-12 Created: 2020-07-12 Last updated: 2023-09-21Bibliographically approved
Söderbaum, P. (2020). Should democracy be part of the definition of economics?: COVID policies in a broader context. International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, 11(3), 296-304
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Should democracy be part of the definition of economics?: COVID policies in a broader context
2020 (English)In: International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, ISSN 1757-5648, E-ISSN 1757-5656, Vol. 11, no 3, p. 296-304Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In economics, 'values are always with us'. In our studies, we make a number of choices and the choices we make tell us something about our values. Economics is always 'political economics'. The attempt by neoclassical economists to offer a purely scientific economics has failed. Instead, we need to take democracy and pluralism seriously and discuss how a different conceptual framework can strengthen rather than weaken democracy in our societies. Neoclassical economics and 'sustainability economics' are presented as two different ideological orientations in the form of 'narratives'. As economists, we make a choice between narratives (with their respective conceptual framework) and our values are revealed when choosing one narrative rather than the other. Democracy is threatened in some countries and even in nations belonging to the European Union. It is time for us as economists to discuss how democracy can be integrated into economics with its conceptual framework. Health issues, such as COVID-19 are part of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals sanctioned by the United Nations. In this article, a holistic or broad perspective of economics is encouraged. Health issues have features in common with environmental and natural resource issues, for example.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Inderscience Publishers, 2020
Keywords
COVID-19 policy options, Democracy, Ideological orientation, Narrative, Neoclassical economics, Political economic organisation, Political economic person, Political economics, Sustainability economics
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-55530 (URN)10.1504/IJPEE.2020.116231 (DOI)2-s2.0-85110532384 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2021-08-05 Created: 2021-08-05 Last updated: 2021-08-05Bibliographically approved
Söderbaum, P. (2020). Strategies in relation to complexities: From neoclassical Cost-Benefit Analysis to Positional Analysis. In: John B. Davis & Wade Hands (Ed.), Economic Philosophy: Complexities in Economics (pp. 75-92). Bristol: World Economics Association BOOKS
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Strategies in relation to complexities: From neoclassical Cost-Benefit Analysis to Positional Analysis
2020 (English)In: Economic Philosophy: Complexities in Economics / [ed] John B. Davis & Wade Hands, Bristol: World Economics Association BOOKS , 2020, p. 75-92Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter neoclassical Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) is criticised as being too simplistic and also too specific in ideological terms. Positionnal Analysis (PA) is advocated as an alternative based on a defintion of economics in terms of multidimensional analysis and democracy. Non-monetary impacts are regarded as being as "economic" as monetary ones and decision-making is seen as a multiple-stage process where issues of inertia, path-dependence and irreversibility can be considered. While PA is still based on some simplifications, it is argued that the approach is closer to the complexities of the real world.

Sustainable development is presented as a multidimensional issue where mainstream neoclassical theory has failed. A degree of pluralism in economics is needed to overcome some of the present unsustainable trends. As an example CBA-analysts cannot dictate correct values for assessment in a democratic soviety. In relation to decision-making, different and competing ideological orientations need to be considered.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol: World Economics Association BOOKS, 2020
Series
World Economic Association CONFERENCE BOOK SERIES
Keywords
Economics, Complexity, Cost-Benefit Annalysis, Positional Analysis, multidimensional, ideological orienntation, democracy, sustainable development, inertia, irreversibility
National Category
Social Sciences Economics and Business
Research subject
Industrial Economics and Organisations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-47041 (URN)978-1-911156-49-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-02-16 Created: 2020-02-16 Last updated: 2023-09-21Bibliographically approved
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ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-2689-819X

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