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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.


Item #d97sep64

Argument in the Greenhouse: The International Economics of Controlling Global Warming, N. Maybe, S. Hall et al., 464 pp., 1997, $24.95/15.99 (Routledge).

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."


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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.


Item #d97sep66

International Politics of Climate Change: Key Issues and Critical Actors, G. Fermann, Ed., ca. 475 pp., 1997, $45/31 (Scandinavian Univ.).

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.


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International Policy-Making as a Learning Process? The European Union and the Greenhouse Effect, M. Jachtenfuchs, 232 pp., Nov. 1996, 39.95 (Ashgate-Avebury).

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 learning.


Item #d97sep68

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.


Item #d97sep69

IPIECA Symposium on Critical Issues in the Economics of Climate Change, 1997 (IPIECA).

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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