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Social-Ecology : exploring the missing link in sustainable development


  • Eloi Laurent

    () (OFCE Sciences Po)


Environmental challenges are, at their root, social problems that arise from income and power inequality. Thus, inequality is an environmental issue just as environmental degradation is a social issue (forming a social-ecological nexus), and solutions must address them jointlythrough principles and institutions rooted in justice. This article develops a two-sided social-ecological approach to offer both analytical and empirical insights into the dynamics of this relationship and a policy path forward Classification-JEL :

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  • Eloi Laurent, 2015. "Social-Ecology : exploring the missing link in sustainable development," Documents de Travail de l'OFCE 2015-07, Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE).
  • Handle: RePEc:fce:doctra:1507

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