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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 Birth of the Environment and the Evolution of Environmental Governance

The Birth of the Environment and the Evolution of Environmental Governance

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(p.53) 3 The Birth of the Environment and the Evolution of Environmental Governance
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Conceptual Innovation in Environmental Policy
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James Meadowcroft

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036580.003.0003

The concept of the environment is today so closely interwoven into political argument that it is hard to imagine a world without it. But the contemporary understanding of the environment as a nature on which we depend, but that threatened by human activity, is a comparatively new creation. This chapter explores the emergence of this modern conception of 'the environment', considers its uptake in political practice, and examines some of its difficulties and ambiguities.

Keywords:   the concept of the environment, conceptual innovation, environmental concepts, environmental policy, environmental governance

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