Risk, Governance and Society

Fairness and Competence in Citizen Participation

Evaluating Models for Environmental Discourse

Editors: Renn, Ortwin, Webler, Thomas, Wiedemann, Peter (Eds.)

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Ortwin Renn Thomas Wehler Peter Wiedemann In late July of 1992 the small and remote mountain resort of Morschach in the Swiss Alps became a lively place of discussion, debate, and discourse. Over a three-day period twenty-two analysts and practitioners of public participation from the United States and Europe came together to address one of the most pressing issues in contemporary environmental politics: How can environmental policies be designed in a way that achieves both effective protection of nature and an adequate representation of public values? In other words, how can we make the environmental decision process competent and fair? All the invited scholars from academia, international research institutes, and governmental agencies agreed on one fundamental principle: For environmental policies to be effective and legitimate, we need to involve the people who are or will be affected by the outcomes of these policies. There is no technocratic solution to this problem. Without public involvement, environmental policies are doomed to fail. The workshop was preceded by a joint effort by the three editors to develop a framework for evaluating different models of public participation in the environmental policy arena. During a preliminary review of the literature we made four major observations. These came to serve as the primary motivation for this book. First, the last decade has witnessed only a fair amount of interest within the sociological or political science communities in issues of public participation.

Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • A Need for Discourse on Citizen Participation: Objectives and Structure of the Book

    Renn, Ortwin (et al.)

    Pages 1-15

  • A Brief Primer on Participation: Philosophy and Practice

    Webler, Thomas (et al.)

    Pages 17-33

  • “Right” Discourse in Citizen Participation: An Evaluative Yardstick

    Webler, Thomas

    Pages 35-86

  • The Redemption of Citizen Advisory Committees: A Perspective from Critical Theory

    Lynn, Frances M. (et al.)

    Pages 87-101

  • Citizens’ Advisory Committee as a Model for Public Participation: A Multiple-Criteria Evaluation

    Vari, Anna

    Pages 103-115

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fairness and Competence in Citizen Participation
Book Subtitle
Evaluating Models for Environmental Discourse
Editors
  • Ortwin Renn
  • Thomas Webler
  • Peter Wiedemann
Series Title
Risk, Governance and Society
Series Volume
10
Copyright
1995
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-0131-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-0131-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-3517-7
Softcover ISBN
978-0-7923-3518-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 381
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