The Moral Austerity of Environmental Decision Making: Sustainability, Democracy, and Normative Argument in Policy and Lawby John Martin Gillroy
In The Moral Austerity of Environmental Decision Making a group of prominent environmental ethicists, policy analysts, political theorists, and legal experts challenges the dominating influence of market principles and assumptions on the formulation of environmental policy. Emphasizing the concept of sustainability and the centrality of moral deliberation/i>… See more details below
In The Moral Austerity of Environmental Decision Making a group of prominent environmental ethicists, policy analysts, political theorists, and legal experts challenges the dominating influence of market principles and assumptions on the formulation of environmental policy. Emphasizing the concept of sustainability and the centrality of moral deliberation to democracy, they examine the possibilities for a wider variety of moral principles to play an active role in defining “good” environmental decisions. If environmental policy is to be responsible to humanity and to nature in the twenty-first century, they argue, it is imperative that the discourse acknowledge and integrate additional normative assumptions and principles other than those endorsed by the market paradigm.
The contributors search for these assumptions and principles in short arguments and debates over the role of science, social justice, instrumental value, and intrinsic value in contemporary environmental policy. In their discussion of moral alternatives to enrich environmental decision making and in their search for a less austere and more robust role for normative discourse in practical policy making, they analyze a series of original case studies that deal with environmental sustainability and natural resources policy including pollution, land use, environmental law, globalism, and public lands. The unique structure of the book—which features the core contributors responding in a discourse format to the central chapters’ essays and debates—helps to highlight the role personal and public values play in democratic decision making generally and in the field of environmental politics specifically.
Contributors. Joe Bowersox, David Brower, Susan Buck, Celia Campbell-Mohn, John Martin Gillroy, Joel Kassiola, Jan Laitos, William Lowry, Bryan Norton, Robert Paehlke, Barry G. Rabe, Mark Sagoff, Anna K. Schwab, Bob Pepperman Taylor, Jonathan Wiener
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Introduction: The Roots of Moral Austerity in Environmental Policy Discourse
Part I. Moral Principles and Environmental Policy: Basic Issues and Dilemmas
Issue 1: Science as a Substitute for Moral Principles?
Science as a Substitute for Moral Principle / Susan Buck
Science Is No Substitute for Moral Principle / Robert Paehlke
Issue 2: Environmental Justice without Social Justice?
Why Environmental Thought and Action Must Include Considerations of Social Justice / Joel J. Kassiola
Environmental Justice: Private Preference or Public Necessity? / Joe Bowersox
Issue 3: Nature Has Only an Instrumental Value
Sustainability: Descriptive or Performative? / Bryan Norton
Are Environmental Values All Instrumental? / Mark Sagoff
Issue 4: Intrinsic Value Implies No Use and a Threat to Democratic Governance
A Practical Concept of Nature’s Intrinsic Value / John Martin Gillroy
On Intrinsic Value and Environmental Ethics / Bob Pepperman Taylor
Part II: Case Studies in Sustainable Environmental Policy and Law
The Subnational Role in Sustainable Development: Lessons from American States and Canadian Provinces / Barry G. Rabe
Sustainable Development and Natural Hazards Mitigation / Anna K. Schwab and David J. Brower
Sustainable Governance / Jonathan Baert Wiener
Sustainability in the United States: Legal Tools and Initiatives / Celia Campbell-Mohn
Sustainable Development and the Use of Public Lands / Jan G. Laitos
The Impact of Political Institutions on Preservation of the U.S. and Canadian National Parks / William Lowry
Global Environmental Accountability: The Missing Link in the Pursuit of Sustainable Development? / Robert V. Percival
Part III: Moral Principles and Sustainable Environmental Policy: An Analysis of Ends and Means
Issue I: Science and Sustainability
Sustainability, Sustainable Development, and Values / Robert Paehlke
Saving All the Parts: Science and Sustainability / Susan Buck
Issue 3: A Sustainable Environment as an Instrumental Value?
The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Environment / Mark Sagoff
Why Not Foxy Hedgehogs? / Bryan Norton
Issue 4: A Sustainable Environment as an Intrinsic Value?
Sustainability: Restricting the Policy Debate / John Martin Gillroy
Comments on Sustainability / Bob Pepperman Taylor
Conclusion: Democratic Competence, Accountability, and Education in the Twenty-first Century
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