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Democratizing economics Pluralism as a path toward sustainability
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2689-819X
Victoria Univ Wellington.
2010 (English)In: ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS REVIEWS, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, 179-195 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Climate scientists point to a number of unsustainable trends concerning the environment and natural resources. There is also ongoing concern about poverty reduction, labor rights, and other social aspects of sustainable development. Growing numbers argue that change is required, but still at issue is the extent of change and how to facilitate it. In this paper, the focus is on the dominant interpretive schema of influential actors with respect to ideas about science in society, paradigms in economics, and ideological orientations. The authors argue that the monopolistic position of neoclassical economics at university departments of economics in different parts of the world, and the spread of its associated technocratic logic within broader policy arenas, should be abandoned in favor of a more ideologically open attitude that facilitates discussion and debate within academia, public policy, and in civil society more generally. In a sense, economics requires "democratization" with implications for approaches to sustainability monitoring, accounting, and the assessment of projects and policies. The paper provides suggestions for developing sustainability assessment technologies and practices that take pluralism seriously.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. 179-195 p.
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Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, ISSN 0077-8923 ; 1185
Keyword [en]
democratizing economics, pluralism, ideological orientation, sustainable development, dialogic accounting
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-20205DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.05283.xISI: 000277794400012Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-76849116534ISBN: 978-1-57331-766-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-20205DiVA: diva2:638468
Available from: 2013-07-30 Created: 2013-07-05 Last updated: 2016-06-03Bibliographically approved

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