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Conceptual Innovation in Environmental Policy
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Concepts are thought categories through which we apprehend the world; they enable, but also constrain, reasoning and debate and serve as building blocks for more elaborate arguments. This book traces the links between conceptual innovation in the environmental sphere and the evolution of environmental policy and discourse. It offers both a broad framework for examining the emergence, evolution, and effects of policy concepts and a detailed analysis of eleven influential environmental concepts.

In recent decades, conceptual evolution has been particularly notable in environmental governance, as new problems have emerged and as environmental issues have increasingly intersected with other areas. "Biodiversity," for example, was unheard of until the late 1980s; "negative carbon emissions" only came into being over the last few years. After a review of concepts and their use in environmental argument, chapters chart the trajectories of a range of environmental concepts: environment, sustainable development, biodiversity, environmental assessment, critical loads, adaptive management, green economy, environmental risk, environmental security, environmental justice, and sustainable consumption. The book provides a valuable resource for scholars and policy makers and also offers a novel introduction to the environmental policy field through the evolution of its conceptual categories.

ContributorsRichard N. L. Andrews, Karin Bäckstrand, Karen Baehler, Daniel J. Fiorino, Yrjö Haila, Michael E. Kraft, Oluf Langhelle, Judith A. Layzer, James Meadowcroft, Alexis Schulman, Johannes Stripple, Philip J. Vergragt

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Tables and Figures
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Series Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. 1 Conceptual Innovation and Environmental Policy
  2. James Meadowcroft and Daniel J. Fiorino
  3. pp. 1-20
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  1. 2 The Conceptual Repertoire of Environmental Policy
  2. James Meadowcroft and Daniel J. Fiorino
  3. pp. 21-52
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  1. 3 The Birth of the Environment and the Evolution of Environmental Governance
  2. James Meadowcroft
  3. pp. 53-76
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  1. 4 Environmental Impact Assessment: Can Procedural Innovation Improve Environmental Outcomes?
  2. Richard N. L. Andrews
  3. pp. 77-102
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  1. 5 Environmental Risk: New Approaches Needed to Address Twenty-First Century Challenges
  2. Michael E. Kraft
  3. pp. 103-128
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  1. 6 Critical Loads: Negotiating What Nature Can Withstand
  2. Karin Bäckstrand
  3. pp. 129-154
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  1. 7 Adaptive Management: Popular but Difficult to Implement
  2. Judith A. Layzer and Alexis Schulman
  3. pp. 155-180
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  1. 8 Sustainable Development: Linking Environment and Development
  2. Oluf Langhelle
  3. pp. 181-206
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  1. 9 Biodiversity: Increasing the Political Clout of Nature Conservation
  2. Yrjö Haila
  3. pp. 207-232
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  1. 10 Environmental Justice: Making Policy, One Skirmish at a Time
  2. Karen Baehler
  3. pp. 233-258
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  1. 11 Environmental Security: Policy within a Violent Imaginary
  2. Johannes Stripple
  3. pp. 259-280
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  1. 12 Green Economy: Reframing Ecology, Economics, and Equity
  2. Daniel J. Fiorino
  3. pp. 281-306
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  1. 13 Sustainable Consumption: An Important but Ambiguous Concept
  2. Philip J. Vergragt
  3. pp. 307-334
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  1. 14 Conceptual Innovation and the Future of Environmental Policy
  2. James Meadowcroft and Daniel J. Fiorino
  3. pp. 335-358
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  1. Notes on the Contributors
  2. pp. 359-362
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 363-370
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