When we look at the state of the world today, what is most evident is the fact that the major problems of our time – energy, environment, economy, climate change and social justice – cannot be understood in isolation. They are interconnected problems, which means that they require corresponding systemic solutions. Today’s global economy has brought about critical distress for ecosystems and societies and we have to go to the very root of the problems to find a way out.

This volume develops a synthesized interpretation of ecological economics integrating different levels: (economic) system, (business) practice and the (economic) actor. It discusses how changes on a systems level are connected to changes in practice and development of individual consciousness. Transformative Ecological Economics delves into the insight and knowledge from different sources of inspiration (thermodynamics, Darwinism, anthroposophy and Buddhism) as well as into an integrated story describing and illustrating the core ideas, principles and values that characterize a utopian society anchored in ecological economics. Implementation of the deep changes demanded depends on our ability to write a new story, a utopian one for sure, but one which is in accordance with and based on the reality in which we live.

This book will be of interest to those who study ecological economics, political economy and environmental economics.

chapter |8 pages


part I|52 pages

Context of interpretation

chapter 1|20 pages

Philosophy of organism

chapter 2|10 pages

Ideology and utopia

chapter 3|20 pages

Green economy and ecological economics

part II|141 pages

Perspectives on ecological economics

chapter 4|41 pages

Four sources of inspiration

chapter 5|12 pages

A transdisciplinary perspective

chapter 6|11 pages

Economics as a moral science

chapter 7|11 pages

Eastern perspective

chapter 8|12 pages

Management perspective

chapter 9|15 pages

Concepts and projects

chapter 10|21 pages

Institutions, law and money

chapter 11|12 pages

The beginning is near

chapter |4 pages

Summing up Part II

part III|41 pages

Ecological economics

chapter 12|3 pages

A narrative approach

chapter 13|33 pages

Utopian narratives of ecological economics

chapter 14|3 pages