Environment & Policy

Participation and the Quality of Environmental Decision Making

Editors: Coenen, F., Huitema, D., O'Toole Jr., Laurence J. (Eds.)

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It is clear that our society must become a more sustainable one. To that end, we must change both our production and our consumption patterns. Some argue that this implies the abolition of democratic processes, and thus of citizens' participation in environmental policy. Others argue the opposite: the only way to avoid impending environmental disaster is by engaging in common deliberation and contemplation. Is participation, then, a negative force or not?

This volume is one of the first coordinated attempts to study the relationship between democratic, participatory forms of decision making and the quality of environmental decisions. The central question is how can the normatively desirable practice of participatory decision making be combined with an effective approach to environmental issues?

Guided by a theoretical introduction by the editors, the 15 chapters deal with topics ranging from the scale of environmental problems, local agenda 21, infrastructural decisions, strategic planning, to environmental policy in developing countries. Three chapters are devoted to each of these broad themes. Each presents either a theoretical or an empirical argument about the central research question, shedding light on such issues as the measurement of decision quality, participation techniques, and the link between participation and decision quality, drawing on experience gained in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Africa. The introductions to the individual parts of the book have been collectively written by the contributors, who represent a range of professional disciplines, including political science, public policy and planning.

Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • Participation and Environment

    Coenen, Frans H. J. M. (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • Introduction Part One: Interconnectedness, Participation and Problem Scale

    Coenen, Frans H. J. M. (et al.)

    Pages 23-26

  • State, Association, and Community in a Sustainable, Democratic Polity: Towards a Green Associationalism

    Ward, Hugh

    Pages 27-45

  • Participation at the Local Level in the Context of Environmental Governance

    Bressers, Hans Th. A. (et al.)

    Pages 47-60

  • Linking Stakeholder Participation and Environmental Decision-Making: Assessing Decision Quality for Interstate River Basin Management

    Cowie, Gail M. (et al.)

    Pages 61-70

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Participation and the Quality of Environmental Decision Making
Editors
  • F. Coenen
  • D. Huitema
  • Laurence J. O'Toole Jr.
Series Title
Environment & Policy
Series Volume
14
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-5330-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-5330-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-5264-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-6240-4
Series ISSN
1383-5130
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 333
Topics