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Allocating the EarthA Distributional Framework for Protecting Capabilities in Environmental Law and Policy$
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Breena Holland

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199692071

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692071.001.0001

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Economic Analysis, Democratic Procedure, and Distributional Assessment in Environmental Policy

(p.1) 1 Introduction
Allocating the Earth

Breena Holland

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a general overview of the central problems in environmental policy that the book addresses. Key limitations of economic analysis and deliberative decision-making are contextualized and highlighted. “Capabilities theory” is introduced and its relevance to addressing these limitations is discussed. The chapter brings out two primary themes. The first theme concerns the importance of non-economic ideals, such as social justice and equality as political goals and social commitments. The second theme concerns the role of distributional assessment in environmental policy, and particularly its importance for evaluating and designing contemporary environmental policies. The chapter closes with a synopsis of the chapters to come, focusing on how the ideas in them are linked together and the specific areas of environmental policy to which the ideas will be applied.

Keywords:   capabilities theory, democratic procedure, distributional assessment, economic analysis, social justice

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