In this chapter, Social Ecological Economics (SEE) is presented and explained as an emerging paradigm in economics. It is a rare exception in the disciplinary field of economics because of its combination of social and ecological realism. Emphasis is placed on the importance of structure and institutions to understand the social and ecological crises of capital accumulating economies. Such an approach requires broad interdisciplinary knowledge integration and firm philosophical foundation: ontological realism, epistemic relativity, judgemental rationality, structured methodological pluralism, and use of mixed methods in conducting research. SEE explores the potentialities for alternative economic systems that can exist in harmony with Nature and meet human needs within an ethical framework of respect for others, both human and non-human. Its research programme explores the mechanisms that prevent social-ecological transformation and seeks to identify counter mechanisms. In doing so it advocates researching concrete, science-based utopias of sustainable ways of living ethically and including ethical relations with non-humans. At the same time SEE requires that researchers act upon their findings and be active in the removal of institutions that spread false information.
|Title of host publication
|Encyclopaedia of Ecological Economics
|Jesús Ramos-Martín, Emilio Padilla Rosa
|Place of Publication
|Edward Elgar Publishing
|Published - 2023