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Business Interests and the Environmental Crisis

Business Interests and the Environmental Crisis

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Kanchi Kohli - Researcher and writer working on environment, forest, and biodiversity governance in India
  • Manju Menon - Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
Critical Acclaim

May 2016 | 284 pages | SAGE India

A major contribution to understand how the environmental crisis is viewed globally and responded to by policy

This book highlights the manner in which key aspects in policy discourse—commodity, pricing, ownership, and regulation—have borrowed economic and trade principles to address the environmental crisis and to what effect. The book addresses a fundamental issue in environment: if nature is no longer available as a limitless resource, how has the policy discourse on the environmental crisis come to view it, value it, and live with it?

Analysing policy instruments across sectors that respond to local ecological conflicts and challenges, the book offers a conceptual understanding of how natural elements are transformed into mobile, tradable commodities through the use of market-based instruments.


Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon
Introduction: Green and Pink
Jeremy Walker
Bringing Liquidity to Life: Markets for Ecosystem Services and the New Political Economy of Extinction
Shalini Bhutani
Claiming Benefits, Making Commodities
Himanshu Burte
The Abstract Nature of Building
Vinuta Gopal
Coal Accounting: The Story of Fuel Kept Cheap
Shripad Dharmadhikary
Value as a Justification in Water Resource Development
Simone Lovera
The Effectiveness and Equity of Payments for Reducing Forest Loss
Soumitra Ghosh
Selling Nature: Narratives of Coercion, Resistance, and Ecology
Sanjay Kabir Bavikatte and Daniel F Robinson
Putting Peoplehood at the Centre of the Green Economy

“The book covers a wide range of topics with contributions by diverse practitioners and academics… [it] re-inserts the idea of the ‘political’ into the notion of ‘value’, which is critical to understanding its real gainers and the losers…. The volume deals with the idea of ‘nature’ as a commodity, and its governance in the real world.”

Civil Society, December 2016

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ISBN: 9789351508601