Social multi-criteria evaluation for a sustainable economy

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This is a hugely important work that looks at the need to bring together differing scientific languages, with the aim of propelling forward the cause of sustainability. One of the main novelties of this book is its establishment of a clear relationship between social and public choice on one hand and multiple criteria decision analysis on the other. This relationship leads to the new concept of Social Multi-Criteria Evaluation (SMCE). SMCE is proposed as a policy framework to integrate different scientific languages, for example, when concerns about civil society and future generations have to be considered along with policy imperatives and market conditions. This can have beneficial consequences, not only for economic prosperity, but also when dealing with the difficult sustainability problems of our millennium. The methodological foundations of SMCE rest on concepts from fields such as economics, complex systems theory and philosophy. From a mathematical point of view, social choice is used to improve the axiomatic consistency of multi-criterion algorithms. The treatment of technical uncertainty (both stochastic and fuzzy) is also explor. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008. All rights are reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages209
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008

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