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Conceptual Innovation in Environmental Policy$
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James Meadowcroft and Daniel J. Fiorino

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036580

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036580.001.0001

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The Conceptual Repertoire of Environmental Policy

The Conceptual Repertoire of Environmental Policy

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(p.21) 2 The Conceptual Repertoire of Environmental Policy
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Conceptual Innovation in Environmental Policy
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James Meadowcroft

Daniel J. Fiorino

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036580.003.0002

This chapter examines the evolution of concepts used in the environmental policy domain since the emergence of modern environmental governance. It includes a general discussion of environmental concepts including root terms which have generated 'families' of environment-related concepts: 'environment', 'sustainable', 'eco' or 'ecological' and 'green'. This is followed by a discussion of different types of concepts and an examination of concepts that play a particularly important role in structuring the policy realm. Examples here include meso-level analytic or management concepts such as the 'polluter pays principle', 'the precautionary principle', 'ecosystem services', resilience' , 'environmental security', and so on. Finally, the chapter explores the temporal evolution of the conceptual field tracing the evolution of the categories used to think about the environmental domain.

Keywords:   conceptual innovation, environmental concepts, environmental policy, environmental governance, sustainability, conceptual field

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