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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




  • Susan Buck

    Robert Paehlke

    Joel J. Kassiola

    Joe Bowersox

    Bryan Norton

    Mark Sagoff

    John Martin Gillroy

    Bob Pepperman Taylor

    Barry G. Rabe

    Anna K. Schwab

    Jonathan Baert Weiner

    Celia Campbell-Mohn

    Jan Laitos

    William R. Lowry

    Robert Percival

    David J. Brower

  • "The book is concerned with general issues in environmental policy, yet it maintains a focus on practical concerns. Environmental professionals will find that reading this book is time well spent. . . . This book is highly recommended reading for any environmental professional with a personal or professional interest in the place of moral principles in political debates about environmental policy."


  • "The book is concerned with general issues in environmental policy, yet it maintains a focus on practical concerns. Environmental professionals will find that reading this book is time well spent. . . . This book is highly recommended reading for any environmental professional with a personal or professional interest in the place of moral principles in political debates about environmental policy."

  • “The best quality of this volume is the lively and engaging discussion among prominent environmental philosophers and political theorists. These contributors make evident how little serious attention is paid to moral principles by policy analysts and how these principles might foster more democratic practices.” — John Meyer, author of, Political Nature: Environmentalism and the Interpretation of Western Thought

    “The concept of ‘sustainability’ in environmental policy making certainly benefits from the kind of serious philosophical and political analysis it receives in this excellent collection.” — Steven Kelman, Harvard University

    “This is an extremely important, in-depth normative discussion among leaders in environmental theory on the values influencing environmental decision making.” — Matthew Cahn, California State University, Northridge

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    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

    About The Author(s)

    John Martin Gillroy is MacArthur Professor of Environmental Policy and Law at Bucknell University.

    Joe Bowersox is Associate Professor of Politics at Willamette University.

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