Environmental Policy and Societal Aims
ISBN/ASIN: 9789401059282,9789401145213 | 1999 | English | pdf | 335/337 pages | 9.53 Mb
Publisher: Springer Netherlands | Author: Denis Requier-Desjardins, Clive L. Spash (auth.), Denis Requier-Desjardins, Clive Spash, Jan van der Straaten (eds.) | Edition: 1
Sustainable development and environmental improvement are often regarded as intrinsically valuable a priori. As a result, the policies by which these goals are to be attained is often inadequately scrutinised. In this book, ecological economics addresses the institutional and policymaking aspects of environmental problems, thus covering a broad socioeconomic research agenda, in contradistinction to mainstream economic approaches. The approach advocated here is open to differing viewpoints on the same issue, sees conflict resolution as a social process, and accepts the need for research into political-economic issues, according a prominent position to the aims of society itself. An in-depth analysis of the policy process is followed in order to understand the pitfalls and barriers that will confront society on the road to sustainable development.
Readership: The broad approach advocated will appeal to all involved in environmental problems – decision makers, NGO members, and academic scholars.