Valuing Nature? Ethics, Economics and the Environment

Valuing Nature? Ethics, Economics and the Environment

Valuing Nature? Ethics, Economics and the Environment

Valuing Nature? Ethics, Economics and the Environment

Synopsis

The state of the environment is now widely acknowledged as a serious cause for concern. Valuing Nature? argues that the prevailing economic attitude to the environment, which values it as a consumer good, contributes to its destruction. This book brings together philosophers, economists and a sociologist to provide a new approach to environmental policy. Topics include: a critique of neo-classical economic thought on the environment; environmental economics, institutions and policy; the effect of turning to contingent valuation surveys and cost benefit analysis for environmental decisions; and alternative valuation methods. Contributors include Geoffrey Hodgson, Clive Spash, Micheal Jacobs, Brian Hynne, John O'Neil.
-- Raised the question of how ethical values can be brought into public policy without being reduced to economic considerations
-- Challenges the present orthodoxy in environmental policy-making
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