Keywords: green economics, ecological economics, socioeconomics, sustainable development, political economy, institutional economics, post-Keynesian economics, social sustainability, environmental sustainability
Why do we need green economics when we have ecological economics? A proposal for 'pulling people together' at the crossroad of environmental and social sustainability
This paper argues that the epistemological and intellectual space of green economics is or should be located where ecological economics, even in its socio-economic perspective, still fails to provide a coherent conceptual framework such that environmental problems could be analysed in a holistic and inclusive way. Based on explanations of this failure, this paper provides a brief but structured research proposal which is based on the potential convergence between various heterodox 'schools' and which espouses explicitly Green Economics' aims.