The Encroachment of Value Pragmatism on Pluralism: The Practice of the Valuation of Urban Green Space Using Stated-preference Approaches

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Title The Encroachment of Value Pragmatism on Pluralism: The Practice of the Valuation of Urban Green Space Using Stated-preference Approaches
Author Lo, Alex
Journal Name International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Abstract Monetary valuation of urban green space using stated-preference approaches has gained prominence among pragmatic urban researchers, but the resultant reduced potential for value pluralism has gone unnoticed. There is confusion on value concepts. Public-social values have been treated as private-economic ones. The potential for reflecting the multiple values and social roles of urban nature is thus reduced. Being method-driven, the practice fails to relate to the claimed objective of comprehensively portraying it. There is inadequate understanding of the philosophy and psychology of the values associated with urban green space, despite its multi-faceted role being widely recognized. This results in an unreflective acceptance of economic techniques. More work is needed to clarify issues concerning the manifestation and theoretical foundation of value pluralism. Deliberative approaches may be a potential complementary or alternative valuation method.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2427.2011.01069.x
Copyright Statement Copyright 2012 Urban Research Publications Limited. Published by Blackwell Publishing. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 36
Issue Number 1
Page from 121
Page to 135
ISSN 1468-2427
Date Accessioned 2012-05-30
Date Available 2013-06-02T23:44:57Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Environment and Resource Economics
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/46744
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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