Edited by Joan Martínez-Alier and Roldan Muradian
Chapter 4: Value deliberation in ecological economics
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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