Terracotta Reader: A Market Approach to the Environment

Terracotta Reader: A Market Approach to the Environment

By: Vidisha Maitra (editor), Parth Shah (editor)Hardback

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The green movement aims at changing the human nature to preserve the environment. This book builds a terracotta movement that focuses on changing incentives to manage the environment. Terracotta means 'burnt earth,' and refers to earthenware made from this material. It is the creation of human action on a natural resource. Terracotta symbolises the philosophy that values natural resources, not in isolation, but in their relation to human beings. This relationship is not always extractive or consumptive, as the greens claim. It is often aesthetic, contemplative, and spiritual. All the varied relationships are nonetheless between humans and the ecology - and their complex interactions and interdependence. Theirs is a heroic mission to change human nature, ours is a human endeavour to create a better world by restructuring incentives. The green vision versus the terracotta vision! To provide material comforts we use material resources, leading to environmental problems. The greens' governmental approach of guns and guards has proven to be a dismal failure. Instead of rethinking the approach, they are determined to intensify it: more consciousness raising, stricter rules, harsher penalties. The terracotta approach relies on the incentives that come with resource ownership for prudent, sustainable management. The individual, family, and community owner-ship or stewardship provides right incentives. Government ownership leads to the tragedy of the collective.

About Author

Parth J Shah is founder president of Centre for Civil Society, New Delhi, a think tank for public policy solutions within the framework of rule of law, limited government, and competitive markets. The Livelihood Freedom Test, education vouchers, food stamps, community ownership of natural resources, ward-based urban management, Duty to Publish Act are some of the radical ideas he has introduced into public policy debate. Vidisha Maitra is a Research Associate at the Centre for Civil Society. Her experience at the Centre includes research on community forestry, ecosystem services of forests, decentralised water delivery systems, urban governance issues for the Centre's publication State of Governance: Delhi Citizen Handbook 2003, and co-coordination of the Research Internship Programme 2004. She holds a Masters degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics.


PREFACE; Shreekant Gupta; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS VOLUME; EDITORS' INTRODUCTION; The Terracotta vs. Green Vision: Restructuring Incentives vs. Reforming Human Nature; Parth J. Shah and Vidisha Maitra; The State of Humanity; 1. The Globalisation of Human Well-Being; INDUR M. GOKLANY; 2. Population Growth, Natural Resources, and Future Generations; JULIAN SIMON. Property Rights, Markets and Sustained Development; 3. The Market and Nature; FRED L. SMITH, JR.; 4. The Common Law: How it Protects the Environment; ROGER E. MEINERS AND BRUCE YANDLE; 5. The Theory of New Resource Economics; RANDY T. SIMMONS AND JOHN BADEN; 6. Reconceptualising Sustainable Development; JULIAN MORRIS; Forests and Wildlife; 7. Self Governance and Forest Resources; ELINOR OSTROM; 8. Common Pool Resources and the Indian Legal System; NIRMAL SENGUPTA; 9. Keepers of Forests: Foresters or Forest Dwellers?; TRUPTI PAREKH AND PARTH J. SHAH; 10. Developing Markets for the Ecosystem Services of Forests; IAN POWELL, ANDY WHITE AND NATASHA LANDELL-MILLS; 11. Creating Private Property Rights in Wildlife; ROBERT J. SMITH; 12. How to Protect Kenya's People and Wildlife; JAMES SHIKWATI; Water and Fisheries; 13. Managing Water Resources: Communities and Markets; PARTH J. SHAH AND AMBRISH MEHTA; 14. Water: Can Property Rights and Markets Replace Conflict?; ROGER BATE; 15. Sustainable Development and Marine Fisheries; MICHAEL DE ALESSI; 16. Overfishing: The Icelandic Solution; HANNES H. GISSURARSON; Living with Risk: The Precautionary Principle; 17. Escaping Goblins, Only to be Captured by Wolves?; INDUR M. GOKLANY; The New Threats:. Climate Change and Biotechnology; 18. A Climate of Uncertainity in The Greenhouse Century; ROBERT C. BALLING, JR.; 19. The Attack on Plant Biotechnology; GREGORY CONKO AND C.S. PRAKASH; Energy and Waste Management; 20. Can The Supply of Natural Resources - Especially Energy - Really Be Infinite?; JULIAN SIMON; 21. Law, Markets and Waste; JULIAN MORRIS; 22. Coercive Recycling, Forced Conservation and Free-market Alternatives; JULIAN SIMON; Free Trade and Green Trade; 23. Thinking Clearly About the Linkage Between Trade and the Environment; JAGDISH BHAGWATI; 24. Freedom to Trade Protects the Environment; KENDRA OKONSKI; Environmentalism: The New Imperialism; 25. The New Cultural Imperialism: The Greens and Economic Development; DEEPAK LAL; Epilogue; 26. Environment Management in India; SOMNATH BANDYOPADHYAY; Appocalypse Now!; Sources.

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  • ISBN13: 9788171884261
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 495
  • ID: 9788171884261
  • ISBN10: 8171884261

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