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The New Environmental Pragmatists, Pluralism and Sustainability

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  • Clive L. Spash

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The role and meaning of environmental valuation has become increasingly messy and confused. Choice of value constructs is not merely some pragmatic decision, and yet that is a position now being commonly expressed not just by economists but also ecologists, conservation biologists and environmental campaigners. Recent examples of this new environmental pragmatism include approaches to climate change, biodiversity and more generally sustainability. The language of the new environmental pragmatists is one of the market place, accountants, financiers and bankers. The discourse recommends institutions for trading, profits and individual gain. Recent experience should offer a cautionary tale as to where that road leads.

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Article provided by White Horse Press in its journal Environmental Values.

Volume (Year): 18 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
Pages: 253-256

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Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev18:editev183

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Keywords: Natural capital; cost-benefit analysis; pragmatism;

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  1. Clive L. Spash, 2013. "The Ecological Economics of Boulding's Spaceship Earth," SRE-Disc, Institute for the Environment and Regional Development, Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business sre-disc-2013_02, Institute for the Environment and Regional Development, Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business.
  2. Clive L. Spash, 2013. "The Shallow or the Deep Ecological Economics Movement?," SRE-Disc, Institute for the Environment and Regional Development, Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business sre-disc-2013_01, Institute for the Environment and Regional Development, Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business.
  3. Clive L. Spash, 2012. "Ecological Economics and Philosophy of Science: Ontology, Epistemology, Methodology and Ideology," SRE-Disc, Institute for the Environment and Regional Development, Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business sre-disc-2012_03, Institute for the Environment and Regional Development, Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business.
  4. Burford, Gemma & Velasco, Ismael & Janoušková, Svatava & Zahradnik, Martin & Hak, Tomas & Podger, Dimity & Piggot, Georgia & Harder, Marie K., 2013. "Field trials of a novel toolkit for evaluating ‘intangible’ values-related dimensions of projects," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 36(1), pages 1-14.
  5. Clive L. Spash, 2012. "Towards the integration of social, economic and ecological knowledge," SRE-Disc, Institute for the Environment and Regional Development, Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business sre-disc-2012_04, Institute for the Environment and Regional Development, Department of Socioeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business.
  6. Frank Birkin & Thomas Polesie, 2011. "An Epistemic Analysis of (Un)Sustainable Business," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, Springer, vol. 103(2), pages 239-253, October.

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