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Environment, Inequality and Collective Action

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ISBN 9780415647519
Published November 14, 2012 by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

Efficiency is the hallmark of environmental economics, and though economists are concerned with the environment, primarily because it challenges the efficiency of competitive markets, until now, limited attention has been paid to distributional issues. This excellent collection of essays identifies and addresses key issues surrounding the inequality-environment relationship such as:

* Does increasing economic inequality lead to better or worse environmental quality?
* Which individual or social features play a role in determining the differentiated impact of changes in the environment?
* What impact does economic inequality or social segmentation have on collective action?
* How important is the complex economic and social institution in which the inequality-environment takes place?

With an impressive array of contributors and an excellent mix of popular and noteworthy topics, this latest addition to the Routledge Siena Studies in Political Economy series will prove essential to economists with an interest in the environment and will be useful to readers with a more general environmental studies background.

Table of Contents

Inequality, Growth And The Environment   Globalisation And Sustainable Development   Income Inequality And The Environmental Kuznets Curve   Beyond Accumulation And Technical Progress: Negative Externalities As An Engine Of Economic Growth   Unequal Effects Of Environment Changes   Navigating In A Second-Best World: Ecological Distribution, Historical Liability And Social Choice   Poverty Alleviation   Environment And Sustainable Development   Implication For The Management Of Natural Capital   Inequality And Environmental Policy   Inequality And Collective Action   Towards The Environment   Biodiversity As A Local Public Good   Collective Action On The Commons   The Role Of Inequality Overcoming Asymmetries In The Commons With Sub Optimal Strategies: An Experimental Exploration In The Field   Institutions, Inequalities And The Environment   Environment And Global Public Goods   Economic Institutions And Governance Of The Commons   Decision Making Under Uncertainty And Irreversibility: A Rational Approach To The Precautionary Principle.

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Marcello Basili teaches Microeconomics and Environmental Political Economics at the University of Siena, Italy. Maurizio Franzini is full professor of Economic Policy at the Università di Roma "La Sapienza". Allesandro Vercelli teaches Economic policy and Environmental economics at the University of Siena, Italy.