Clive L. Spash
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Clarifying division and seeking unity
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If growth in scale is success, then ecological economics appears to have been successful. Three main positions on research are described as constituting ecological economics: new environmental pragmatism, new resource economics and social ecological economics. Four crossover positions, between the three main ones, capture a fuller picture of argumentation about direction and meaning and are explored. The chapter then considers the implications of these seven categories for unity and division within ecological economics. Social ecological economics takes a research position that is distinct from the existing economic orthodoxy, but is also critical of the pragmatic willingness to adopt whatever is assumed to achieve a given end. Several authors have advocated the idea of a potential union between ecological economics and neoclassical resource and environmental economics.

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