Converging Paradigms for a Co-evolutionary Environmental Limit Discourse
AbstractThis paper argues that the static vision in ecological economics of a fundamental clash between a neo-classical self-interest perspective and limit discourse as de-ontological perspective is an ineffective route towards disseminating environmental values and consciousness. Following the Ego'n'Empathy idea as a fusion of both perspectives to refocus the paradigm of ecological economics, it is argued that this evolution may face intense resistance from entrenched positions. A conceptual exploration of the roots of such resistances is discussed and an alternative, but complimentary process that addresses the need for and process of a synthesis is proposed. As an exemplar of this argument, the Porter Hypothesis is discussed as a complimentary guiding framework of how ecological economics as an action oriented paradigm can increase its influence as a policy guide, in terms of achieving sustainable development within entrenched and confrontational policy contexts
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Cambridge, Department of Land Economics in its series Environmental Economy and Policy Research Working Papers with number 14.2005.
Date of creation: 2005
Date of revision: 2005
Environmental policy; economic growth; Porter Hypothesis; altruism; evolutionary economics;
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- NEP-ALL-2005-11-05 (All new papers)
- NEP-ENV-2005-11-05 (Environmental Economics)
- NEP-EVO-2005-11-05 (Evolutionary Economics)
- NEP-HPE-2005-11-05 (History & Philosophy of Economics)
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