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Enterprising Nature: Economics, Markets, and Finance in Global Biodiversity Politics

Enterprising Nature: Economics, Markets, and Finance in Global Biodiversity Politics

Jessica Dempsey

ISBN: 978-1-118-64051-7

Aug 2016

312 pages

Description

Winner of the 2018 James M. Blaut Award in recognition of innovative scholarship in cultural and political ecology!

Enterprising Nature explores the rise of economic rationality in global biodiversity law, policy and science. To view Jessica's animation based on the book's themes please visit http://www.bioeconomies.org/enterprising-nature/

  • Examines disciplinary apparatuses, ecological-economic methodologies, computer models, business alliances, and regulatory conditions creating the conditions in which nature can be produced as enterprising
  • Relates lively, firsthand accounts of global processes at work drawn from multi-site research in Nairobi, Kenya; London, England; and Nagoya, Japan
  • Assesses the scientific, technical, geopolitical, economic, and ethical challenges found in attempts to ‘enterprise nature’
  • Investigates the implications of this ‘will to enterprise’ for environmental politics and policy

Series Editor’s Preface vi

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

1 Enterprising Nature 1

2 The Problem and Promise of Biodiversity Loss 28

3 An Economic-Ecological Tribunal for (Nonhuman) Life 56

4 Ecosystem Services as Political-Scientific Strategy 91

5 Protecting Profit: Biodiversity Loss as Material Risk 126

6 Biodiversity Finance and the Search for Patient Capital 159

7 Multilateralism vs Biodiversity Market-Making: Battlegrounds to Unleash Capital 192

8 The Tragedy of Liberal Environmentalism 232

Bibliography 246

Index 276