In contentious policy arenas where planning has traditionally been driven by the triad of expert knowledge, bureaucrats and public representatives, often public involvement is understood as a panacea that is used to legitimise decisions, reduce conflict and enhance public acceptance.
This paper, based on evidence of public involvement in environmental planning over hydropower projects in India, argues that quite contrary to the expectation, there could be a mismatch between the legality and legitimacy of the public involvement exercise which may possibly then transform
into situations that exacerbate rather than reduce conflicts.
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Document Type: Research Article
Department of Environmental and Land Economics, Institute for Landscape Architecture and Environment Planning, Berlin Institute of Technology (TU-Berlin), EB 4-2 Straße des 17. Juni 145, 10623, Berlin, Germany
Publication date: February 1, 2014
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