The New Environmental EconomicsSustainability and Justice
The New Environmental Economics
Sustainability and Justice

Too often economics disassociates humans from nature, and the economy from the biosphere that contains it. When economists do engage with environmental issues, they typically reduce their analysis to a science of efficiency that leaves aside distributional analysis and justice issues.
The aim of this lucid textbook is to provide a framework that prioritises understanding and improving human well-being within the limits of the biosphere, and rethinking economic analysis and policy in the light not just of efficiency but equity. Leading economist Eloi Laurent systematically ties together sustainability and justice issues in order to cover a wide range of topics, from biodiversity and ecosystems, energy and climate change, environmental health and environmental justice to new indicators of well-being and sustainability beyond GDP and growth, social-ecological transition and sustainable urban systems.
This book both equips readers with ideas and tools from various disciplines alongside economics such as history, political science and philosophy, and invites them to apply those insights in order to understand and eventually tackle pressing 21st century challenges. It will be an invaluable resource for students of environmental economics.

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  • December 2019
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Economics for the 21st century

Part 1. Ideas and tools
Chapter 1. What the classics know about our world, what 20th century economics forgot
Chapter 2. Humans within the biosphere: the paradox of domination and dependence
Chapter 3. Governing the commons fairly
Chapter 4. Spheres of environmental justice
Chapter 5. Natural resources, externalities and sustainability: a critical toolbox

Part 2. 21st century social-ecological challenges
Chapter 6. Biodiversity and ecosystems under growing and unequal pressure
Chapter 7. Beyond EXPOWA (Extraction, pollution and waste)
Chapter 8. Energy, Climate and Justice
Chapter 9. Well-being and our environment: from trade-offs to synergies
Chapter 10. Social-ecology: connecting the inequality and ecological crises
Chapter 11. The social-ecological transition in context: capitalism, democracy, globalization and digitalization
Chapter 12. Urban sustainability and polycentric transition

Conclusion: Open economics
About the Author
Eloi Laurent is a senior economist at OFCE (Sciences Po, Paris), a Professor at the School of management and innovation at Sciences Po and a Visiting Professor at Stanford University.
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