Foundations of social ecological economics

The fight for revolutionary change in economic thought

Clive L. Spash
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This book explores radical dissent from orthodox mainstream economics, and sets out a theoretically grounded vision for the emerging paradigm of social ecological economics. In short, orthodox dissent has entailed arguments for maintaining hi-tech growth economies and redistributing the surplus regardless of core counterarguments from Marxists, feminists, institutionalists, Post Keynesians and ecological economists. Building on the radical and philosophical foundations, the book articulates a preanalytic vision of social ecological economics, dismantling entrenched notions of growth and efficiency in favour of a framework centered on social provisioning and needs embedded in ethics. In a thought-provoking conclusion, the book applies its analytical lens to the multiple crises of modernity within industrialised capital-accumulating economies. An agenda for social ecological transformation toward diverse alternative economies emerges, providing a compelling call to action in the face of contemporary challenges. Schumpeter's proposal is put into a broader perspective by comparison with the theories of Neurath and Kuhn and issues in the sociology of science that they all raise. The book then turns to clarifying the meaning and role of ideology and the differences that have occurred over time and between different authors - Marx, Engels, Schumpeter and Gramsci. The concept of ideology in Schumpeter persists with the negative Marxist treatment and regarding it as something to be removed, but developments in political science have changed this understanding.

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