Decision Making for the Environment:: Social and Behavioral Science Research Priorities / Edition 1

Decision Making for the Environment:: Social and Behavioral Science Research Priorities / Edition 1

by Garry D. Brewer, Paul C. Stern, Panel on Social and Behavioral Science Research Priorities for Environmental Decision Making, Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change
     
 

ISBN-10: 0309095409

ISBN-13: 9780309095402

Pub. Date: 05/31/2005

Publisher: National Academies Press

With the growing number, complexity, and importance of environmental problems come demands to include a full range of intellectual disciplines and scholarly traditions to help define and eventually manage such problems more effectively. Decision Making for the Environment: Social and Behavioral Science Research Priorities is the result of a 2-year effort

Overview

With the growing number, complexity, and importance of environmental problems come demands to include a full range of intellectual disciplines and scholarly traditions to help define and eventually manage such problems more effectively. Decision Making for the Environment: Social and Behavioral Science Research Priorities is the result of a 2-year effort by 12 social and behavioral scientists, scholars, and practitioners. The report sets research priorities for the social and behavioral sciences as they relate to several different kinds of environmental problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309095402
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
05/31/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary1
1Introduction11
How We Conducted the Study12
The Results17
Notes21
2Improving Environmental Decision Processes23
The Research Need23
What Is a Decision Science Approach?26
Areas of Research30
Rationale for the Science Priority39
3Institutions for Environmental Governance41
The Research Need41
Areas of Research46
Rationale for the Science Priority49
4The Environment in Business Decision Making52
The Research Need52
Areas of Research53
Rationale for the Science Priority64
5Environmentally Significant Individual Behavior69
The Research Need69
Areas of Research71
Rationale for the Science Priority81
6Decision-Relevant Science for Evidence-Based Environmental Policy85
Building the Infrastructure86
Developing Decision-Relevant Indicators87
Evaluating Environmental Policies96
Improving Environmental Forecasting104
Determining Distributional Impacts108
References112
Appendixes139
AWhen Do Environmental Decision Makers Use Social Science?139
Social Science Utilization in Government Decision Making140
Challenges to Social Science Utilization143
Studies in Environmental Decision Making144
Insights from Social Studies of Science144
Recommendations from the Reviewed Literature145
Conclusions146
Notes147
Annotated Bibliography147
BImproving Environmental Decision Processes175
Introduction175
Levels of Environmental Policy Decisions176
Approaches to Aid Individual Decisions on Environmental Policy Choices181
Approaches to Aid Group Deliberative Processes on Environmental Policy Choices187
Approaches to Aid Organizational Decisions on Environmental Policy Choices191
Conclusion195
Acknowledgments196
References196
CBusiness Decisions and the Environment: Significance, Challenges, and Momentum of an Emerging Research Field200
Introduction200
Corporate Environmentalism as an Empirical Domain201
Corporate Environmentalism as a Research Domain206
Corporate Environmentalism as a Management Discipline212
Conclusion221
Acknowledgments222
References222
DForecasting for Environmental Decision Making: Research Priorities230
Introduction230
Approaches to Enhancing the Accuracy and Reliability of Forecasts for Environmental Decision Making233
Approaches to Enhancing the Usefulness of Forecasting for Environmental Decision Making236
Summary of Assessment and Research Priorities241
Notes242
References243
EProgram Evaluation of Environmental Policies: Toward Evidence-Based Decision Making246
The Role of Program Evaluation in Environmental Policy248
Methods of Program Evaluation252
The Future of Program Evaluation of Environmental Policy259
Conclusion262
Acknowledgments263
Notes263
References264
FPanel Members, Staff, and Contributors274

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