The idea(s) of ‘valuing nature’: insights from the UK’s ecosystem services framework

Turnpenny, John R. and Russel, Duncan J. (2017) The idea(s) of ‘valuing nature’: insights from the UK’s ecosystem services framework. Environmental Politics, 26 (6). pp. 973-993. ISSN 0964-4016

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The variety of ideas about ways nature is ‘valued’ in public policymaking are investigated. A theoretical ideational approach is combined with empirical analysis of the UK’s ecosystem services framework. Several types of ideas are identified, and how they interact is examined: ideas about nature itself; about the role that different research on the value of nature can or should play in decision-making; and about how policy decisions are made. In particular, the ways these ideas appear in academic debates, especially in ecological economics and philosophy, are confronted with how ideas appear in the policy practice of employing a ‘valuing nature’ concept. This reveals political dynamics sometimes missed by both advocates and critics of the concept of ecosystem services, such as the importance of promoting organisations and their agendas and activities, persuading different actors to change positions, and institutional commitments and sunk costs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ecosystem services,ideational policy analysis ,valuing nature
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2017 05:05
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2019 01:23
DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2017.1369487

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