By Roeland J. In’t Veld, Dirk Jan Kraan (auth.), D. J. Kraan, R. J. in ’t Veld (eds.)
This quantity is the results of a collective attempt made via its authors to cause and write approximately environmental coverage from an empirical, instead of from a prescriptive viewpoint. because the authors, like most folk, care concerning the setting and, as specialist economists or political scientists, have a few services to supply within the sector of policy-design, it used to be no longer continuously effortless for them to maintain at the meant song. while they knew that it's strange to persist with a strictly empirical process in one of these 'practical' box as environmental coverage, they found simply in the course of the attempt what sort of problems will be encountered. furthermore, they realized that it really is occasionally essential to cause normatively as a way to trap crucial good points of empirical fact. because it seems, ethical notions can't solely be missed in political lifestyles. The predominance of homo economicus isn't absolute. We think that the trouble has been worthwile and merits to be repeated and multiplied. it's been a really co-operative undertaking and we're very thankful to all authors for his or her willingness to give a contribution. distinct gratitude we owe to Frans van Nispen and Annemarie Rima. Frans van Nispen has assisted us in each achievable manner throughout the coaching of this book.
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