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Institutions and the Environment

By: Arild Vatn
496 pages, diags
Publisher: Edward Elgar
Institutions and the Environment
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  • Institutions and the Environment ISBN: 9781847201218 Paperback Dec 2006 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks
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This important text develops an institutional response to the core issues raised in public policy making and develops a distinct understanding of the role of institutions, not least in the study of environmental problems. It questions: how are conflicting interests shaped and taken into account in policy making? How should they be accounted for? What motivates the behaviour of firms and individuals, and how is it possible to change these motivations to produce the favoured common outcomes?


1. Institutions: The Web of Human Life; Part I: Understanding Institutions; 2. Institutions: The Individual and the Society; 3. Institutions: Coordination and Conflict; 4. Institutional Economics: Different Positions; Part II: From Institutions to Action; 5. Rationality; 6. Preferences and Values; Part III: From Action to Institutions; 7. Explaining Institutional Change; 8. The Normative Aspect of Institutional Change; Part IV: Institutions, Environment and Policy; 9. The Environment; 10. Resource Regimes; 11. Valuing the Environment; 12. Comparing Value Articulating Institutions; 13. Policy and Policy Measures; 14. Policies for a Sustainable Future; References; Index.

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By: Arild Vatn
496 pages, diags
Publisher: Edward Elgar
Media reviews
'We have here an encompassing work of remarkable clarity and coherence demonstrating the enduring pertinence of classical institutional economics to the vexing issues of our time. While most of the illustrative examples come from the realm of environmental problems, the reach of this fine book goes far beyond this particular issue and informs how we ought to think about all aspects of public policy.' - Daniel W. Bromley, University of Wisconsin, US 'This is a superb book on institutional economics and environmental policy. Vatn has written the definitive exposition of the theory and policy approaches of modern institutional economics. It not only builds on the work of the best institutional economists, from Veblen to Bromley and Hodgson, it also incorporates the extremely relevant and exciting research now being done in contemporary mainstream economics. With the demise of Walrasian economics and the current drive for the unification of the behavioral sciences, the time is ripe for institutional economics to once again become a dominant school of economic thought. Vatn's book shows the way.' - John Gowdy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US
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