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SOEE5094M
Reading List

Introduction to Ecological Economics, 2019/20, Semester 1
Dr Daniel O'Neill
d.oneill@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Students are required to read 3-4 assigned texts (about 4 hours of reading) in preparation for each seminar and be prepared to discuss these texts in the seminar. The reading list may be revised throughout the module, but any changes or updates will be provided at least one week before the seminar.

Week 2: What is ecological economics?

Raworth, K., 2017. Who wants to be an economist? Introduction in Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist. Random House, London, pp. 1-30.

Røpke, I., 2004. The early history of modern ecological economics. Ecological economics. 50 (3–4), 293-314.

Daly, H.E., 1992. Allocation, distribution, and scale: towards an economics that is efficient, just, and sustainable. Ecological economics. 6 (3), 185-193.

Optional:

Faber, M., 2008. How to be an ecological economist. Ecological Economics 66 (1), 1-7.

Spash, C.L., 2011. Social ecological economics: Understanding the past to see the future. The American journal of economics and sociology. 70 (2), 340-375.

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Week 3: Key concepts in ecological economics

Daly, H.E., Farley, J., 2011. Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications, 2nd ed. Island Press, Washington, DC. Chapter 2: The Fundamental Vision (pp. 15-35). OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (CHG 31/10/2019) 

Gowdy, J.M., 2000. Terms and concepts in ecological economics. Wildlife Society bulletin. 28 (1), 26-33.

Ehrlich, P.R., Ehrlich, A.H., Holdren, J.P., 1993 [1977]. Availability, entropy, and the laws of thermodynamics. Chapter 2 in Valuing the Earth: Economics, Ecology, Ethics, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, pp. 69-73. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Earle, J., Moran, C., Ward-Perkins, Z., 2017. The Econocracy: The Perils of Leaving Economics to the Experts. Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK. Chapter 1: Econocracy (pp. 7-33).

Optional:

Earle, J., Moran, C., Ward-Perkins, Z., 2017. The Econocracy: The Perils of Leaving Economics to the Experts. Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK. Chapter 2: Economics as Indoctrination (pp. 34-59).

Mayumi, K. 2017. Thermodynamics. Relevance, implications, misuse and ways forward. Chapter 9 in Routledge handbook of ecological economics : nature and society ISBN: 9781138931510 (hardback); 9781315679747 (ebook), pp. 89-98.

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Week 4: The market and efficient allocation

Dasgupta, P. 2007. Markets. Chapter 4 in Economics [electronic resource] : a very short introduction ISBN: 0191518050; 9780191518058, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Goodwin et al. 2014. The role of markets. Chapter 2 (Section 3) in Macroeconomics in Context, 2nd ed., M.E. Sharpe, London, pp. 50-58.

Zaman, A. 2017. Unregulated markets and the transformation of society. Chapter 18 in: Routledge handbook of ecological economics : nature and society.

Jo, T.-H., Todorova, Z. 2017. Social provisioning process: A heterodox view of the economy. Chapter 2 in The Routledge Handbook of Heterodox Economics, Routledge, London, pp. 29-40. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (CHG 31/10/2019) 

Optional:

Fine, B. 2016. Locating Microeconomics. Chapter 1 in: Microeconomics : a critical companion . Pluto Press, London.

Daly, H.E., Farley, J., 2011. Market failures. Chapter 10 in Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications, 2nd ed. Island Press, Washington, DC, pp. 165-191. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (CHG 31/10/2019) 

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Week 5: Social metabolism and sustainable scale

Cobb, C., Halstead, T., Rowe, J., 1995. If the GDP is up, why is America down? Atlantic Monthly, October, 59-78. - Available online: https://www.theatlantic.com/past/politics/ecbig/gdp.htm

Daly, H.E., 2005. Ecological economics: The concept of scale and its relation to allocation, distribution, and uneconomic growth, Chapter 23 in E. Fullbrook (Ed.) A guide to what's wrong with economics , Anthem Press, London, (only read pp. 253-258). OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (CHG 31/10/2019) 

Steffen, W., Richardson, K., Rockström, J., et al., 2015. Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet. Science. 347 (6223), 736.

Hoekstra, A.Y., Wiedmann, T.O., 2014. Humanity’s unsustainable environmental footprint. Science. 344 (6188), 1114-1117.

Daly, H.E., Farley, J., 2011. Sustainable scale. Chapter 22 in  Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications, 2nd ed. Island Press, Washington, DC, pp. 427-440 (but you can skip pp. 436-438). OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (CHG 31/10/2019) 

Optional:

Kubiszewski, I., Costanza, R., Franco, C., Lawn, P., Talberth, J., Jackson, T., Aylmer, C., 2013. Beyond GDP: Measuring and achieving global genuine progress. Ecological economics. 93, 57-68.

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Week 6: Inequality and fair distribution

Daly, H.E., Farley, J., 2011. Distribution. Chapter 16 in Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications, 2nd ed. Island Press, Washington, DC, pp. 301-320.

Wilkinson, R.G., and Pickett, K. E., 2009. Income inequality and social dysfunction. Annual review of sociology. 35, 493-511.

Piketty, T., and Saez, E., 2014. Inequality in the long run. Science. 344 (6186), 838-843.

Daly, H.E., Farley, J., 2011. Just distribution. Chapter 23 in Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications, 2nd ed. Island Press, Washington, DC, pp. 441-456.

Optional:

Wilkinson, R., Pickett, K., 2009. The spirit level : why more equal societies almost always do better. Allen Lane, London.

Jackson, T., Victor, P.A., 2016. Does slow growth lead to rising inequality? Some theoretical reflections and numerical simulations. Ecological Economics 121, 206-219.

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Week 7: Resource use and economic growth

Victor, P., 2010. Questioning economic growth. Nature.  468 (7322), 370-371.

Rees, W.E., 2003. Economic development and environmental protection: an ecological economics perspective. Environmental monitoring and assessment.  86 (29-45)

Ayres, R.U., Turton, H., Casten, T., 2007. Energy efficiency, sustainability and economic growth. Energy.  32 (5), 634-648. Skip sections 5-7 and the Appendix.

Hall, C.A.S., Balogh, S., Murphy, D., 2009. What is the minimum EROI a sustainable society must have? Energies  2, 25-47.

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Week 8: Degrowth and steady-state economics

Dietz, R., O'Neill, D.W., 2013. Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources. Routledge, London. Read Chapters 4–11 (pp. 43–153).

Kallis, G., Demaria, F., D'Alisa, G. 2014. Degrowth. Introduction to Degrowth: a vocabulary for a new era. Routledge, New York, pp. 1-17.

D'Alisa, G., Kallis, G., Demaria, F. 2014. From austerity to dépense. Epilogue to Degrowth: a vocabulary for a new era. Routledge, New York, pp. 215-220.

Optional:

Watch the 20-minute film of Enough Is Enoughhttps://youtu.be/jgo-eTTmuLk

D'Alisa, G., Demaria, F., Kallis, G. (Eds.), 2014. Degrowth: a vocabulary for a new era. Routledge, New York. Chapters 31-47 (pp. 143–197)

Daly, H.E., 2008. A Steady-State Economy. Opinion Piece for Redefining Prosperity, Sustainable Development Commission, UK. Available from http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/publications.php@id=775.html

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Week 9: Money and Finance

Boait, F., Hodgson, G., 2018. Escaping Growth Dependency: Why Reforming Money Will Reduce The Need To Pursue Economic Growth At Any Cost To The Environment. Positive Money, London. Read pp. 17-62 (i.e. Chapter 2 onwards).

Dittmer, K., 2015. 100 percent reserve banking: A critical review of green perspectives. Ecological economics.  109, 9-16.

Optional:

Ansar, A., Caldecott, B., Tilbury, J., 2013. Stranded Assets and the Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign: What Does Divestment Mean for the Valuation of Fossil Fuel Assets? Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. Read the Executive Summary (pp. 9-18). Available online

Dittmer, K., 2013. Local currencies for purposive degrowth? A quality check of some proposals for changing money-as-usual. Journal of cleaner production.  54, 3-13.

Richters, O., Siemoneit, A., 2017. Consistency and stability analysis of models of a monetary growth imperative. Ecological economics. 136, 114-125.

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Week 10: Heterodox economic theory

Samuels, W., 1995. The present state of institutional economics. Cambridge journal of economics. ISSN: 0309-166X 19 (4), 569-590.

Kalecki, M., 1943. Political aspects of full employment. The political quarterly. ISSN: 0032-3179 14 (4), 322-330.

Harvey, D., 2017. The visualisation of capital as value in motion. Chapter 1 in: Marx, capital and the madness of economic reason ISBN: 9781781258743 (hbk.); 1781258740 (hbk.); 9781782833680 (ePub ebook). Profile Books, London. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Optional:

Chester, L., 2017. An exit strategy from capitalism's ecological crisis. Chapter 31 in: The Routledge handbook of heterodox economics ISBN: 9781138899940 (hardback); 9781315707587 (ebook), Routledge, London.

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Week 11: Human Well-being

Thompson, S., Marks, N., 2008. Measuring Well-being in Policy: Issues and Applications. NEF, London. Read pp. 8-22. Available from: https://b.3cdn.net/nefoundation/575659b4f333001669_ohm6iiogp.pdf

Helliwell, J.F., Huang, H., Wang, S., 2017. The Social Foundations of World Happiness, Chapter 2 in J. F. Helliwell, et al. (Eds.) World Happiness Report 2017, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, New York, pp. 8-47. You can skip the “Social Foundations of Happiness” section from p. 29 to p. 34. Restart reading at “How does inequality affect the social foundations of happiness?” Available from: http://worldhappiness.report/ed/2017/

Gough, I., 2015. Climate change and sustainable welfare: the centrality of human needs. Cambridge journal of economics. 39 (5), 1191-1214.

O'Neill, D.W., Fanning, A.L., Lamb, W.F., Steinberger, J.K., 2018. A good life for all within planetary boundaries. Nature Sustainability 1 (2), 88-95. Available from: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-018-0021-4

Optional:

Explore how different countries perform on the accompanying website: https://goodlife.leeds.ac.uk

Raworth, K., 2012. A Safe and Just Space for Humanity: Can We Live Within the Doughnut? Oxfam Discussion Paper, Oxfam, Oxford, UK. Available from: https://www.oxfam.org/en/research/safe-and-just-space-humanity

Robeyns, I., 2005. The Capability Approach: a theoretical survey. Journal of human development. 6 (1), 93-117.

Ryan, R.M., Huta, V., Deci, E.L., 2008. Living well: A self-determination theory perspective on eudaimonia. Journal of Happiness Studies 9 (1), 139-170.

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Additional References

Although the module does not have a single textbook, the following references may be helpful:

Common, M., Stagl, S., 2005. Ecological Economics: An Introduction. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Daly, H.E., Farley, J., 2011. Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications, 2nd ed. Island Press, Washington, DC.

Daly, H.E., Townsend, K.N. (Eds.), 1993. Valuing the earth : economics, ecology, ethics. MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

D'Alisa, G., Demaria, F., Kallis, G. (Eds.), 2014. Degrowth : a vocabulary for a new era. Routledge, New York.

Dietz, R., O’Neill, D.W., 2013. Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources. Routledge, London.

Fine, B. 2016. Microeconomics : a critical companion ISBN: 9780745336077 (paperback); 0745336078 (paperback); 9780745336022 (hardback); 0745336027 (hardback). Pluto Press, London.

Goodwin, N., Harris, J., Nelson, J.A., Roach, B., Torras, M. 2014. Macroeconomics: In Context. 2nd ed. Routledge, London.

Goodwin, N., Harris, J., Nelson, J.A., Roach, B., Torras, M. 2014. Microeconomics: In Context. 3rd ed. Routledge, London.

Jackson, T., 2009. Prosperity without growth : economics for a finite planet. Earthscan, London.

Keen, S., 2011. Debunking economics : the naked emperor dethroned? ISBN: 9781848139923 (pbk.) : £18.99; 1848139926 (pbk.) : £18.99; 9781848139930 (hbk.); 9781848139947 ebk Revised and expanded ed. Zed Books, London.

Martinez-Alier, J., and Muradian, R. 2015. Handbook of ecological economics ISBN: 9781783471409 (hbk.) : £150.00; 9781783471416 (ebook) : No price. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.

Raworth, K., 2017. Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist. Random House, London.

Ryan-Collins, J., Greenham, T., Werner, R., Jackson, A., 2011. Where Does Money Come From? A Guide to the UK Monetary and Banking System. New Economics Foundation, London.

Spash, C. 2017. Routledge handbook of ecological economics : nature and society ISBN: 9781138931510 (hardback); 9781315679747 (ebook). Routledge, London.

Spash, C. (ed.), 2009. Ecological Economics (4-Volume Set). Routledge, London. [Not held in Library]   

Wilkinson, R., Pickett, K., 2009. The spirit level : why more equal societies almost always do better. Allen Lane, London.

This list was last updated on 18/11/2019