ERIC Number: EJ719064
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Reference Count: 27
Options, Sustainability Policy and the Spontaneous Order
Environmental Education Research, v11 n1 p115-135 Feb 2005
This paper examines the implications for sustainability policy of environmental uncertainty and indeterminacy, and relates the associated problems with a conventional understanding of sustainable development to Hayek's critique of collective planning. It suggests that the appropriate recourse is not, however, a Hayekian endorsement of the free market, but an extension of his key idea of spontaneous order to characterise the learning society. The argument is illustrated by a practical application: the analysis of natural capital explored in this Special Issue is shown to be directly relevant to the improvement of the UK's headline sustainability indicators package.
Descriptors: Free Enterprise System, Sustainable Development, Public Policy, Foreign Countries, Natural Resources, Policy Formation, Environment, Environmental Influences, Social Responsibility, Economic Factors
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom