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Non-Market Coordination: Towards an Ecological Response to Austrian Economics

Dan Greenwood

Environmental Values 17(2008): 521-541. doi: 10.3197/096327108X368520


Although the ecological tradition tends to favour a substantive role for non-market institutions in securing objectives such as environmental sustainability, Green theorists have paid relatively little attention to the important challenge posed to such proposals by the pro-market arguments of Austrian economics. The methods of ecological economics, such as multiple criteria evaluation, offer important potential for responding to the Austrian thesis that democratic, non-market institutions face a coordination problem in the face of complexity. However, the development of an adequate ecological response to the Austrians requires clarification of the conceptual underpinnings and potential scope of such methods.


Valuation, markets, commensurability, multiple criteria analysis, complexity

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Cost-Benefit Analysis, Incommensurability and Rough EqualityJonathan Aldred

Plural Values and Environmental Valuation. Wilfred Beckerman and Joanna Pasek

Nonuse Values and the Environment: Economic and Ethical Motivations. Tom Crowards

Realms of Value: Conflicting Natural Resource Values and Incommensurability. Sarah Fleisher Trainor

Environmental Economics, Ecological Economics and the Concept of Sustainable Development. Giuseppe Munda

Conceptions of Value in Environmental Decision-Making John O'Neill and Clive L. Spash

Operationalising Strong Sustainability: Definitions, Methodologies and Outcomes. Begüm Özkaynak, Pat Devine and Dan Rigby

The Environment as a Commodity Arild Vatn

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