Graduation Year

2021

Graduation Month

May

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science – Forestry

School or Department

Forestry and Conservation

Major

Forestry – Forest Resources Management

Faculty Mentor

Peter McDonough

Faculty Mentor Department

Environmental Studies

Keywords

Neoliberalism, Moral Egoism, Climate Change, Resource Management

Subject Categories

Agricultural and Resource Economics | American Politics | Civic and Community Engagement | Environmental Studies

Abstract

Lasting neoliberal ideologies that emerged from the Reagan era have set a precedent for how American society is to understand itself in relation to American governance and economics. At its core, neoliberalism is rooted in the belief of free markets, laissez-faire economics, and federal deregulation. Using moral egoism as its grounding normative ethic and federal deregulation as its means of achieving its goal, this economic approach fails to account for our governments ability to protect the well being and needs of citizens. Furthermore, neoliberalism completely disregards the need for ecological health and stagnates our ability to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Honors College Research Project

Yes

GLI Capstone Project

no

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