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Towards a Microeconomics for Ecological Sustainability
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Sweden. (Ekonomi för hållbar utveckling)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2689-819X
1994 (English)In: Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, ISSN 0260-1079, Vol. 5, no 3, 197-220 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Environmental problems represent a challenge to economics. The neoclassical view of man as a rational consumer and of firms as profit-maximizing entities may be useful for some purposes but does not facilitate a debate about ethics and the social responsibility of business. In this essay 'political-economic man' is suggested as an alternative to 'economic man' and also organizations are seen as political entities. A view of markets in network terms is furthermore suggested as being complementary to the convential ideas of supply and demand. Finally, a 'holistic' idea of economics is advocated and used as a building stone for alternative approaches to societal decision-making. Together these elements comprise the skeleton of a microeconomics for ecological sustainability.

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A B Academic Publishers , 1994. Vol. 5, no 3, 197-220 p.
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economic man, political economic man, institutional microeconomics, ideological orientation
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Industrial Economics and Organisations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-29114DOI: 10.1177/02601079X9400500305OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-29114DiVA: diva2:856274
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ekonomi för hållbar utveckling
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