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Operationalising Strong Sustainability: Definitions, Methodologies and Outcomes

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  • Begum Ozkaynak
  • Pat Devine
  • Dan Rigby

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While acknowledging the absence of a single definition or theory of sustainability, this paper argues that a discussion of sustainability which refers only to definitions is pointless without an understanding of how the definitions are operationalised. In this context, the paper considers the operationalisation of strong sustainability. The definitions and operationalisation of strong sustainability most closely associated with (i) neoclassical environmental economics and (ii) ecological economics are discussed and compared. This analysis raises questions about the extent to which ecological economics has been able to influence real-world decisions and policy. The paper ends by considering whether the economic and political power structure taken as given by ecological economics is compatible with its policy perspective.

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  • Begum Ozkaynak & Pat Devine & Dan Rigby, 2004. "Operationalising Strong Sustainability: Definitions, Methodologies and Outcomes," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 13(3), pages 279-303, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev13:ev1312
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    Cited by:

    1. Mark Brown, 2015. "Managing Nature–Business as Usual: Resource Extraction Companies and Their Representations of Natural Landscapes," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(12), pages 1-23, November.

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    Keywords

    Strong sustainability; ecological economics; critical natural capital;

    JEL classification:

    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
    • Q57 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Ecological Economics

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