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Options, sustainability policy and the spontaneous order.

Foster, John (2005) Options, sustainability policy and the spontaneous order. Environmental Education Research, 11 (1). pp. 115-135.

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Abstract

This paper examines the implications for sustainability policy of environmental uncertainty and indeterminacy, and relates the associated problems with a conventional understanding of sustainable development to Hayek's critique of collective planning. It suggests that the appropriate recourse is not, however, a Hayekian endorsement of the free market, but an extension of his key idea of spontaneous order to characterise the learning society. The argument is illustrated by a practical application: the analysis of natural capital explored in this Special Issue is shown to be directly relevant to the improvement of the UK's headline sustainability indicators package.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Environmental Education Research
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 10833
Deposited By: Mrs Yaling Zhang
Deposited On: 24 Jul 2008 16:51
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 15:59
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/10833

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