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DOI 10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.12.002
Title (Primary) Reprint: Justifying social values of nature: Economic reasoning beyond self-interested preferences
Author Hansjürgens, B.; Schröter-Schlaack, C. ORCID logo ; Berghöfer, A.; Lienhoop, N.
Source Titel Ecosystem Services
Year 2016
Department OEKON; UPOL
Volume 22
Issue Part B
Page From 228
Page To 237
Language englisch
Keywords Economic values; Social values; Aggregated preferences; Merit goods; Constitutional Political Economy; Discourse ethics; Deliberative valuation
UFZ wide themes RU6;
Abstract Demonstrating that conservation is not only beneficial for nature but also for human well-being is as much desirable as it is challenging. Undoubtedly, using economic numbers hold some great promises, there is, however, a considerable number of critical reflections on using economic thinking to promote nature conservation. A recent aspect within these critics is that economic theory has failed on appreciating the multiple values (not only ‘individual’, but also ‘shared’ and ‘social’ values) of nature. Against this background, we will firstly show that the total economic value-concept covers a broad range of value dimension and that preferences of self-interested rational individuals may well cover also social or group values, although unclear to what degree. Secondly, we will highlight that economic theories on ‘merit goods’ developed by Richard A. Musgrave or the constitutional economics approach related to James M. Buchanan and others provide an as yet neglected but useful strand of arguments for the existence of values beyond individual preferences and that discourse ethics calls for deliberation to disclose those value dimensions. We will thirdly demonstrate how economic valuation methods could be improved by integrating deliberative elements in order to capture social value components in valuation exercises. As methods strongly shape valuation outcomes, it is a question of the practical purpose and of the ethical context of the valuation exercise that should determine which approach to choose.
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Hansjürgens, B., Schröter-Schlaack, C., Berghöfer, A., Lienhoop, N. (2016):
Reprint: Justifying social values of nature: Economic reasoning beyond self-interested preferences
Ecosyst. Serv. 22 (Part B), 228 - 237 10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.12.002