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Participation and Environmental Governance: Consensus, Ambivalence and Debate

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During the past four decades the governance of environmental problems - the definition of issues and their political and practical resolution - has evolved to include a wider range of stakeholders in more extensive open discussions. In the introduction to this issue of Environmental Values on 'Environment, Policy and Participation', we outline some features of these recent developments in participatory environmental governance, indicate some key questions that arise, and give an overview of the collection of papers in this special issue.

Keywords: consensus; deliberative forums; environmental politics; governance; participation; stakeholders

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: May 1, 2003

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  • Environmental Values is an international peer-reviewed journal that brings together contributions from philosophy, economics, politics, sociology, geography, anthropology, ecology and other disciplines, which relate to the present and future environment of human beings and other species. In doing so we aim to clarify the relationship between practical policy issues and more fundamental underlying principles or assumptions.

    Environmental Values has an impact factor (2015) of 1.311.
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