Title

Natural Resource Sustainability from the Geographical Side of Ecological Economics

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title

Tulsa Law Review

Publication Date

1-1-2009

Volume

44

Issue

1

First Page

51

Last Page

51

Abstract

With intellectual roots in neoclassical and institutional economics as well as ecology, ecological economics is a thriving trans-discipline that challenges the traditional theoretical constructs of both economics and ecology while offering powerful concepts of its own.1 Ecological economics challenges the traditional neoclassical economics paradigm and interfaces with the discipline of geography in a unique and potentially fruitful way. However, few ecological economists have considered the spatial dimension of environmental problems or utilized geographic information systems (GIS), despite their tremendous potential contribution in empirical ecological economics studies. The purpose of this article is to illustrate the core concepts of ecological economics and, by bringing these concepts to bear in a geographical context, move them one step closer to legal and policy relevance.

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