Public Participation and Better Environmental Decisions [electronic resource] : The Promise and Limits of Participatory Processes for the Quality of Environmentally Related Decision-making / edited by Frans H. J. M. Coenen.

1st ed. 2009.
Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2009.
1 online resource (216 p.)


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Public Participation and Better Environmental Decisions is about a specific ‘promise’ that participation holds for environmental decision-making. Many of the arguments for public participation in (inter)national environmental policy documents are functional, that is to say they see public participation as a means to an end. Sound solutions to environmental problems require participation beyond experts and political elites. Neglecting information from the public leads to legitimacy questions and potential conflicts. There is a discourse in the literature and in policy practice as to whether decision-making improves in quality as additional relevant information by the public is considered. The promise that public participation holds has to be weighed against the limitations of public participation in terms of costs and interest conflicts. The question that Public Participation and Better Environmental Decisions seeks to answer for academics, planners and civil servants in all environmental relevant policy fields is: What restricts and what enables information to hold the ‘promise’ that public participation lead to better environmental decision-making and better outcomes?
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  • Citizens' Voices in Environmental Policy
  • The Use of Focus Groups in Assessing Ethnic and Racial Group Concerns About Nuclear Waste Cleanup
  • Planning Cells and Citizen Juries in Environmental Policy: Deliberation and Its Limits
  • The Power of Visioning: The Contribution of Future Search Conferences to Decision-Making in Local Agenda 21 Processes
  • Participatory Decision-Making for Sustainable Consumption
  • Hazardous Waste Anyone?
  • Fora, Networks and Public Examinations
  • Concepts of Participatory Decision-Making in Dutch Infrastructure Planning
  • Local Agenda 21: ‘Meaningful and Effective ’ Participation?
  • Conclusions.
  • 1-281-92732-5
  • 9786611927325
  • 1-4020-9325-X
  • 10.1007/978-1-4020-9325-8
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