This book takes a radical approach to ecological economics, proposing a new paradigm based on earth systems science. This book questions the foundation of economics on individual private property and proposes new forms of relationship to land and to the state. It questions the foundation of economics on the individual and proposes new forms of regional ecological collectives, integrated at the global level. It critically examines the assumptions of economics and re-envisions it as more integrally related to society and ecology.
Whole Earth integrates insights from a variety of fields, including humanities, natural, and social science, placing human life in the setting of ecology. The chapters invoke a historical institutional methodology to examine the link between economic theories and economic institutions, understanding performativity and applying reflexivity, and the potential for the emergence of new visions and methods. The method draws upon literary studies, linguistic philosophy, as well as long-term economic history. Providing an alternative view of the relationship of humans to the earth, this book is appropriate for students and researchers across a variety of disciplines including economics, history, ecology, and philosophy.
Ann E. Davis is an Associate Professor of Economics at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York (US). She was Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on the Meanings of Property in 2014. She is the author of The Evolution of the Property Relation: Understanding Paradigms, Debates, and Prospects (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), and Money as a Social Institution: The Institutional Development of Capitalism (Routledge, 2017). In 2020, she published The End of Individualism and the Economy: Emerging Paradigms of Connection and Community, published by Routledge. She has published articles in the Review of Radical Political Economics, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Issues, Critical Historical Studies, and Science and Society, as well as book chapters.