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FROM VOLUME 10, NUMBER 9, SEPTEMBER 1997
BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS...
POLICY AND ECONOMICS
Information given in the annotations is frequently taken from
publishers' promotional literature. Prices and page numbers may be
approximate; contact publisher for details and additional information on
content. Publishers are named in parentheses at the end of each citation;
addresses when known are listed at the end of this section. In most cases,
books advertised by publishers with an expected publication date are not
listed here until actually in print.
Argument in the Greenhouse: The International Economics of Controlling
Global Warming, N. Maybe, S. Hall et al., 464 pp., 1997, $24.95/£15.99
Examines the economic debate about how to cap greenhouse gas emissions
while considering the economic and policy implications for the developing
and developed world. Identifies important new policies to foster effective
agreements on emissions and prevention of global warming. New
Scientist (p. 45, July 5, 1997) calls the book "heavy going."
Cases in Climate Change Policy: Political Reality in the EU, U.
Collier, E. Löfstedt, 224 pp., 1997, £19.95 pbk. (Earthscan).
Based on research carried out for the European Commission, this book is
the first to examine the feasibility of climate change strategies in the
EU and its Member States. Each case study includes, for example, data on
current emissions, the country's response to the issue, its adherence to
international guidelines, and analysis of opportunities for local action.
Case studies are also compared with each other.
International Politics of Climate Change: Key Issues and Critical
Actors, G. Fermann, Ed., ca. 475 pp., 1997, $45/£31 (Scandinavian
Primarily intended to scrutinize a range of problems inherent in this
issue to clarify some crucial epistemological and political conditions
required to develop a more efficient problem-solving regime. It provides
updated analyses of climate policies, and priorities and capabilities of
those industrialized and developing countries that are critical actors,
capable of contributing substantially to either the solution of the
enlargement of the problem.
International Policy-Making as a Learning Process? The European Union
and the Greenhouse Effect, M. Jachtenfuchs, 232 pp., Nov. 1996, £39.95
Combines two rarely-linked features: a study of policy making in a major
field-climate change, by a major player-the EU; and a contribution to
social theory. Uses a new approach by treating policy making in terms of
Valuing Nature? Ethics, Economics and the Environment, J. Foster,
Ed., 256 pp., May 1997, $74.95 hbk./$24.95 pbk. (Routledge).
Raises the question of how ethical values can be brought into public
policy without being reduced to economic considerations, and challenges
the present orthodoxy in environmental policy making. With contributions
by philosophers, economists and a sociologist, the book argues that the
prevailing economic attitude toward the environment, which values it as a
consumer good, contributes to its destruction.
IPIECA Symposium on Critical Issues in the Economics of Climate Change,
These are some of the conclusions drawn from this symposium (Paris, Oct.
1996): current proposals for near-term emissions reductions in developed
countries, which imply curbs of fossil fuel-based energy, would result in
large near-term costs with several negative consequences. Benefits are
highly uncertain and would not be realized for years. Actions by only
industrialized nations would provide little-to-no environmental benefit. A
phased-in approach would allow for improvements in science and technology.
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