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Between a rock and a soft place: Ecological and feminist economics in policy debates

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  • Nelson, Julie A.

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The field of ecological economics includes both economic analysis on the one hand, and discussions of normative values and visions for society, on the other. Using feminist insights into cultural beliefs about the relative "hardness" and "softness" of these two sides, this essay discusses how ecological economists can use this unique "between" space in order to better inform policy. The current crisis of global climate change, it is argued, requires that economists move beyond modeling and measurement, while ecological thinkers need to re-examine beliefs about markets and profit.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Ecological Economics.

Volume (Year): 69 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (November)
Pages: 1-8

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:69:y:2009:i:1:p:1-8

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Keywords: Climate Feminist economics Policy Modeling Profit;

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Cited by:
  1. Tol, Richard S. J., 2008. "The Economic Impact of Climate Change," Papers, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) WP255, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
  2. Julie Nelson, 2012. "Are Women Really More Risk-Averse than Men?," INET Research Notes 12, Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).
  3. Clive L. Spash, 2013. "The Shallow or the Deep Ecological Economics Movement?," SRE-Disc sre-disc-2013_01, Institute for the Environment and Regional Development, Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business.
  4. Julie A. Nelson, 2011. "11-03 "Would Women Leaders Have Prevented the Global Financial Crisis? Implications for Teaching about Gender, Behavior, and Economics"," GDAE Working Papers 11-03, GDAE, Tufts University.
  5. Anderson, Blake & M'Gonigle, Michael, 2012. "Does ecological economics have a future?," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 84(C), pages 37-48.

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