Economics Research Institute Study Paper
Utah State University Department of Economics
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This paper builds on alternative perspectives offered by the environmental and sustainability traditions to advance a holistic yet practical conceptual model that explicitly integrates social and environmental concerns. Ours is a pluralistic approach founded on synthesis. Employing the economic concept of path dependence, we emphasize that there exist multiple paths society can follow in environmental ethics and policy, but that onc e one has been chosen, implicitly or explicitly, there may be little opportunity to reverse such choices. Hence, the importance of process to the pursuit of social and environmental objectives.
Barrett, Christopher B. and Grizzle, Raymond E., "Pluralism, Science, Ethics, and the Intersecting Spheres of Social Concerns and Environmentalism" (1996). Economic Research Institute Study Papers. Paper 75.