Handbook of Ecological Economics
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Handbook of Ecological Economics

Edited by Joan Martínez-Alier and Roldan Muradian

This Handbook provides an overview of major current debates, trends and perspectives in ecological economics. It covers a wide range of issues, such as the foundations of ecological economics, deliberative methods, the de-growth movement, ecological macroeconomics, social metabolism, environmental governance, consumer studies, knowledge systems and new experimental approaches. Written by leading authors in their respective areas of specialisation, the contributions systematize the “state of the art” in the selected topics, and draw insights about new knowledge frontiers.
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Chapter 4: Value deliberation in ecological economics

Christos Zografos


Governance requires the integration into policy (whether greenhouse policy or European agricultural policy or local urban policies) of scientific and lay opinions, sometimes contradictory among themselves, relevant for different scales and different levels of reality. Who then has the power to decide the procedure for such integrated analysis? Who has the power to simplify complexity, ruling some languages of valuation out of order? This is one basic issue for ecological economics and for political ecology. (Martinez-Alier, The Environmentalism of the Poor, 2002, p. 271)

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