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Varieties of ecological economics: Do we need a more open and radical version of ecological economics?
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation. (Ekonomi för hållbar utveckling)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2689-819X
2015 (English)In: Ecological Economics, ISSN 0921-8009, E-ISSN 1873-6106, Vol. 119, 420-423 p., ECOLEC5121Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Should we aim at a single economics paradigm for all purposes or is it wise to accept the existence of more than one theoretical perspective? Is one ecological economics perspective enough or should we encourage competing paradigms as part of a pluralist perspective? Moritz Remig  expresses his preferences for 'mainstreaming' ecological economics in the January 2015 issue of Ecological Economics, suggesting that alternative perspectives and alternative terminologies, such as "sustainability economics", lead to confusion. In this reply I argue that there is no value-free or value-neutral ecological economics and that therefore limiting economics or ecological economics to one paradigm is not compatible with democracy. We have to live with some complexity when dealing with sustainability issues and should not avoid issues of paradigm, ideology and political-economic system.

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Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 119, 420-423 p., ECOLEC5121
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paradigm: ideology; mainstreaming; pluralism: democracy; TEEB-study
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Social Sciences Economics and Business
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Industrial Economics and Organisations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-29366DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.09.007ISI: 000364605400040Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84947019269OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-29366DiVA: diva2:861879
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ekonomi för hållbar utveckling
Available from: 2015-10-19 Created: 2015-10-19 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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