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IR Working Paper 1993/4
Stuart Harris, ‘The Environment and Sustainable Development: An Australian Social Science Perspective’, IR Working Paper 1993-4, Canberra: Department of International Relations, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, June 1993.
This paper looks at how social scientists in Australia have contributed to the discussion of environmental issues and to the formulation of environmental policy. It notes that social scientists as a whole have only relatively recently, since the mid-1970s, joined substantially in the public debate on the issues. This was in part because of the assumption by natural scientists that environmental problems were scientific and technical, and by social scientists that they were externalities or spillover effects rather than being a central feature of an economic or social system.