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  Human agency in the Anthropocene

Otto, I. M., Wiedermann, M., Cremades, R., Donges, J. F., Auer, C., Lucht, W. (2020): Human agency in the Anthropocene. - Ecological Economics, 167, 106463.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.106463

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Otto, Ilona M.1, Author              
Wiedermann, Marc1, Author              
Cremades, R.2, Author
Donges, Jonathan Friedemann1, Author              
Auer, Cornelia1, Author              
Lucht, Wolfgang1, Author              
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2External Organizations, ou_persistent22              

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 Abstract: The human species has been recognized as a new force that has pushed the Earth's system into a new geological epoch referred to as the Anthropocene. This human influence was not conscious, however, but an unintended effect of the consumption of fossil-fuels over the last 150 years. Do we, humans, have the agency to deliberately influence the fate of our species and the planet we inhabit? The rational choice paradigm that dominated social sciences in the 20th Century, and has heavily influenced the conceptualization of human societies in global human-environmental system modelling in the early 21st Century, suggests a very limited view of human agency. Humans seen as rational agents, coordinated through market forces, have only a very weak influence on the system rules. In this article we explore alternative concepts of human agency that emphasize its collective and strategic dimensions as well as we ask how human agency is distributed within the society. We also explore the concept of social structure as a manifestation of, and a constraint on, human agency. We discuss the implications for conceptualization of human agency in integrated assessment modelling efforts.

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 Dates: 2020
 Publication Status: Finally published
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.106463
PIKDOMAIN: RD1 - Earth System Analysis
PIKDOMAIN: RD3 - Transformation Pathways
PIKDOMAIN: RD4 - Complexity Science
eDoc: 8613
Research topic keyword: Economics
Research topic keyword: Inequality and Equity
Research topic keyword: Climate Policy
Research topic keyword: Planetary Boundaries
Research topic keyword: Complex Networks
Model / method: Agent-based Models
Model / method: Qualitative Methods
Regional keyword: Global
Organisational keyword: RD1 - Earth System Analysis
Organisational keyword: RD3 - Transformation Pathways
Organisational keyword: RD4 - Complexity Science
Organisational keyword: FutureLab - Earth Resilience in the Anthropocene
Organisational keyword: FutureLab - Game Theory & Networks of Interacting Agents
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Title: Ecological Economics
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 167 Sequence Number: 106463 Start / End Page: - Identifier: CoNE: https://publications.pik-potsdam.de/cone/journals/resource/journals107
Publisher: Elsevier