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Coined by virginia tech political science professor Timothy Luke, eco-managerialism refers to a particular type of environmental management carried out by “professional-technical workers” who are trained in environmental science and policy schools at Western universities, which emphasize “sound scientific and technical” solutions to environmental crises. Specifically, Luke argues that specially trained environmental experts define their managerial goals in relation ecosystem “goods” and “services,” which necessitate a treatment of the physical environment primarily in terms of natural resources. This means that environmental managers, though charged with the protection and conservation of the physical environment, also protect the dominant economic and political interests that surround those resources.

This notion of ecomanagerialism favors a capitalistic and technocratic approach to environmental management, where efficiency and economic development are the primary ...

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