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Conceptual Innovation in Environmental Policy

James Meadowcroft and Daniel J. Fiorino


Concepts are thought categories through which we apprehend the world; they enable, but also constrain, reasoning and debate and serve as building blocks for more elaborate arguments. This book traces the links between conceptual innovation in the environmental sphere and the evolution of environmental policy and discourse. It offers both a broad framework for examining the emergence, evolution, and effects of policy concepts and a detailed analysis of eleven influential environmental concepts. In recent decades, conceptual evolution has been particularly notable in environmental governance, as ... More

Keywords: Environment, sustainable development, biodiversity, environmental assessment, critical loads, adaptive management, green economy, environmental risk, environmental security, environmental justice, sustainable consumption

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262036580
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036580.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Meadowcroft, editor
Carleton University

Daniel J. Fiorino, editor
American University

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