Valuing Nature? Ethics, Economics and the Environment


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

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • John Foster
  • Robin Grove-White
  • Russell Keat
  • Geoffrey Hodgson
  • Mark Peacock
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 1997