Tuesday, March 25, 2008

We are number 2

An email arrived this morning from SSRN informing us that one of our papers has made it into the top 10 of downloaded papers. The category?

TOP 10 Papers for Journal of AE: Environmental Ethics, Ecology, Ethical Treatment of Nonhuman Animals

Now I am worried - no economics in the title. The competition appears to be a rather motley bunch. At least we beat "The Education of Ada" - whatever she is and the "The Evangelical Debate Over Climate Change" whatever that is.

Here is the top 10 so I can try and work out how this happened.

Rank Downloads Paper Title

1 201 Energy Charter Treaty's Investor Protection Provisions: Potential to Foster Solutions to Global Warming and Promote Sustainable Development
Edna Sussman,
Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP,

2 117 Endogenous Pollution Havens: Does FDI Influence Environmental Regulations?
Matthew A. Cole, Robert J.R. Elliott, Per G. Fredriksson,
University of Birmingham - Department of Economics, University of Birmingham - Department of Economics, University of Louisville - Department of Economics,

3 83 The Evangelical Debate Over Climate Change
John Copeland Nagle, Notre Dame Law School,

4 66 Well-Ordered Science: The Case of GM Crops
Matthew J. Lister, University of Pennsylvania - School of Law,

5 57 World Religions and Clean Water Laws
Daryl Fisher-Ogden, Shelley Ross Saxer, Abraham Lincoln University School of Law, Pepperdine University - School of Law.

6 50 Business, Ethics, and Global Climate Change
Denis G. Arnold, Keith Bustos, Keith Bustos, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, University of Berne, Philosophy Department.

7 47 Government Regulation or Other 'Abridgements' of Scientific Research: The Proper Scope of Judicial Review under the First Amendment
Barry McDonald, Pepperdine University - School of Law,

8 31 The Greening of Higher Education
Lea-Rachel D. Kosnik, University of Missouri at St. Louis - Department of Economics,

9 28 Normative Aspects of a 'Substantive' Precautionary Principle
Gordon Hull,Iowa State University - Dept. of Philosophy and Religious Studies,

10 17 The Education of Ada
Eric T. Freyfogle, University of Illinois - College of Law,

So intrigued was I by the final entry that I felt compelled to post the abstract. Woaaahh, this is not economics. Where are the equations and t-stats? Looks fun though.

Charles Frazier's award-winning, popular novel, Cold Mountain, expresses sharp criticisms of industrial, technological society and probes the ways the modern world might return to the land to fashion a culture and economy more sensitive to place. Unlike Aldo Leopold, who turned to wild nature for guidance on how people might live, Frazier looks to the small farm and to a land-based economy as the foundation for a new order. Frazier's normative thinking is largely woven into a story line featuring a young, highly cultured woman, Ada Monroe, who finds herself alone on a farm during the Civil War. So ignorant is Ada of nature and food systems she cannot feed herself, even in mid-summer. Into Ada's life comes her opposite, a young woman named Ruby, who is all nature and no culture. As he recounts the interactions of Ada and Ruby, Frazier comments on how American society might return to basics, as the two women did, to search for more lasting ways of blending nature and culture. As the story unfolds, Frazier offers multiple visions of how people might relate to the land. Ultimately he rejects the locally based, visions of plenty ideal sketched by Ruby, as well as a number of escapist and aesthetic alternatives, in favor of a more complex, cultured ideal that blends careful attentiveness to local nature with selective aspects of urban refinement. Frazier's novel stands as one of the most important agrarian conservation writings of the past half century. This essay is drawn from a new book, Agrarianism and the Good Society, which explores from various perspectives the cultural origins of our environmental and land-use predicament.


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