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A Good Life on a Finite EarthThe Political Economy of Green Growth$
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Daniel J. Fiorino

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190605803

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190605803.001.0001

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Ecology and Economy: Partners or Antagonists?

Ecology and Economy: Partners or Antagonists?

(p.50) 3 Ecology and Economy: Partners or Antagonists?
A Good Life on a Finite Earth

Daniel J. Fiorino

Oxford University Press

Ecological policy and politics in the United States and most other countries has turned on the almost inevitable conflicts between ecological and economic goals. US policy recognized this in defining policy as a process of minimizing negatives: of limiting ecological harm while also controlling for pollution and other effects of growth. Instead, policy choices should be built on a green growth strategy—of maximizing the opportunities for positive relationships. This goal is supported by evidence. Ecological policies in the United States have had limited adverse effects on economic growth and competitiveness; at the same time, strategies built on such concepts as clean energy and green infrastructure define options for positive-sum solutions. Evidence of both ecological and social costs of unguided economic growth, as well as the realities of American politics, makes a compelling case for a green growth framing.

Keywords:   economic growth, steady-state economy, economic de-growth, clean energy, green infrastructure, ecology–economy synergy

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