Negotiating Environmental Change: New Perspectives from Social Science

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"This book by leading researchers presents a critical review of debates in environmental social science over the past decade. Three broad areas are covered in ten chapters: the problems of scientific uncertainty and its role in shaping environmental policy and decisions; the development of institutional frameworks for governing natural resources; and the link between economic and technological change and the environment. The book begins with an overview essay examining how perspectives across environmental social science have shifted over the past decade and looking forward to the emergence of new research agendas." The book is essential reading for all students and scholars interested in social sciences and the environment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840646733
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320

Table of Contents

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1 Shifting perspectives in environmental social science Frans Berkhout Berkhout, Frans Melissa Leach Leach, Melissa Ian Scoones Scoones, Ian 1

2 Risk, uncertainty and precaution: some instrumental implications from the social sciences Andy Stirling Stirling, Andy 33

3 Economics and sustainable development: what have we learnt, and what do we still need to learn? Nick Hanley Hanley, Nick Giles Atkinson Atkinson, Giles 77

4 Deliberative democracy and environmental decision-making Richard Munton Munton, Richard 109

5 Governance and the environment John Vogler Vogler, John Andrew Jordan Jordan, Andrew 137

6 After Seattle: what next for trade and the environment? Paul Ekins Ekins, Paul 159

7 Governing natural resources: institutional adaptation and resilience W. Neil Adger Adger, W. Neil 193

8 Sustainable business organizations? Anja Schaefer Schaefer, Anja Andrea Coulson Coulson, Andrea Ken Green Green, Ken Steve New New, Steve Jim Skea Skea, Jim 209

9 Inducing, shaping, modulating: perspectives on technology and environmental policy Frans Berkhout Berkhout, Frans Andy Gouldson Gouldson, Andy 231

10 (Un)sustainable consumption Jacquelin Burgess Burgess, Jacquelin Tracey Bedford Bedford, Tracey Kersty Hobson Hobson, Kersty Gail Davies Davies, Gail Carolyn Harrison Harrison, Carolyn 261

Index 293

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