Economics of a Crowded Planet

  • Fraser Murison Smith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  3. Coevolution of the Economy and Nature

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  4. Where Is Economics Now?

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  5. Where Does Economics Need to Be?

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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 355-428

About this book


This book asks the question, how would economics look today and into the future if one started with a blank sheet of paper? Written mainly for a technical audience, yet accessible to the lay reader, Economics of a Crowded Planet addresses the ontology, epistemology and methodology of a future economics as if from outside the economy looking in. It presents a conceptual framework for a future economics drawing from systems science and hierarchy theory, integrating central concepts from present-day economics, so as to orient the field in a direction that can serve society’s future needs in practical ways. 

The exposition reveals a paradigm called ‘market collectivism: the idea that the power of markets may be used to steer the economy toward a desired long-term goal.  Both a prescriptive doctrine and an economic methodology, it treats the economy and nature as instances of complex, evolutionary systems, demanding analytical tools quite unlike those of the 20th-century mainstream.


ecological economics environmental economics market collectivism climate change SDG sustainable development goals heterodox economics resource economics

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