Ecosystem Service Trading

by Larry Lohmann

first published 10 January 2017

Today's trade in ecosystem services tokens (carbon, biodiversity and so forth) has evolved as one component of capital’s troubled struggles to seek new global arrangements following the collapse of the compromises into which it was forced during the 20th century -- compromises that included welfarism, developmentalism and conventional environmental regulation. Market environmentalism can best be contested if it is understood as a part of this broader picture, argues this draft entry for the forthcoming Post-Development Dictionary edited by Ashish Kothari and Alberto Acosta.