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An Evolving Post-industrial Society?

  • Brian Harvey
  • John D. Hallett
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Abstract

Earlier chapters have summarised the different interpretations which have been given of the environmental problem as a whole, and explained some of the main constituent elements such as population, resource depletion and pollution. These environmental issues can only be seen in perspective if they are placed in the context of society. From the viewpoint of economists, a unifying feature of environmental issues is their connection with processes of resource allocation. It was argued in chapter 5 that energy and resources must have been applied to create any environmental effect. Effectively, a choice must have been made on the basis of some implied criteria or set of values. Given that a range of values is likely to exist in a society, then, on any given issue, such as the building and location of an airport, some interests must have prevailed over others.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Harvey
    • 1
  • John D. Hallett
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Adult EducationUniversity of NottinghamUK
  2. 2.Department of EducationTrent PolytechnicUK

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