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Ecosystem services between integration and economics imperialism

Thorén, Henrik LU and Stålhammar, Sanna LU (2018) In Ecology and Society 23(4).
Abstract
Here, we explore the interdisciplinary merits of the ecosystem services concept by recruiting the notion of economics imperialism. We identify four different ways in which interdisciplinary concepts can fail as interdisciplinary concepts, three of which are associated with imperialism. First, interdisciplinary concepts can fail to be integrative, typically by being overtly flexible or vague. The remaining three ways, which typically mark imperialist infringements, are: failure to achieve ontological unification, failure to maintain or accommodate a plurality of accounts when it is suitable, and the obfuscation of social or ethical values. We analyze some of the critiques that have been raised with respect to the ecosystem services concept... (More)
Here, we explore the interdisciplinary merits of the ecosystem services concept by recruiting the notion of economics imperialism. We identify four different ways in which interdisciplinary concepts can fail as interdisciplinary concepts, three of which are associated with imperialism. First, interdisciplinary concepts can fail to be integrative, typically by being overtly flexible or vague. The remaining three ways, which typically mark imperialist infringements, are: failure to achieve ontological unification, failure to maintain or accommodate a plurality of accounts when it is suitable, and the obfuscation of social or ethical values. We analyze some of the critiques that have been raised with respect to the ecosystem services concept as a case of economics imperialism. We conclude by discussing the scope and limits of the concept more broadly and what those mean for an interdisciplinary ecosystem services science going forward. (Less)
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ecosystem services, scientific imperialism, integration, interdisciplinarity
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Ecology and Society
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23
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4
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The Resilience Alliance
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1708-3087
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10.5751/ES-10520-230444
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  language     = {eng},
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  publisher    = {The Resilience Alliance},
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  title        = {Ecosystem services between integration and economics imperialism},
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  volume       = {23},
  year         = {2018},
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