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Nature or neoliberalism? Two views on science and the persistence of environmental controversies
by Adam Briggle
Interdisciplinary Environmental Review (IER), Vol. 15, No. 2/3, 2014


Abstract: Why is the growth of scientific research on environmental issues often accompanied by the exacerbation, rather than the abatement, of political dispute? This paper compares two answers to this question. The first theory explains persistent controversy as a symptom of the richness of nature. The second theory explains persistent controversy as a symptom of neoliberal or free market ideology. The two theories recommend opposite courses of action for making policy progress. To illustrate this debate, the last section sketches a brief case study of air pollution from natural gas drilling.

Online publication date: Fri, 18-Jul-2014


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