Participation and the Quality of Environmental Decision Making

  • Frans H. J. M. Coenen
  • Dave Huitema
  • Laurence J. O’TooleJr.

Part of the Environment & Policy book series (ENPO, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Participation and Environment

    1. Frans H. J. M. Coenen, Dave Huitema, Laurence J. O’Toole
      Pages 1-20
  3. Interconnectedness, Participation and Problem Scale

  4. Local Agenda 21

  5. Strategic Planning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 124-124
    2. Frans H. J. M. Coenen, Dave Huitema, Laurence J. O’Toole Jr.
      Pages 125-127
    3. Hink-Jan W. Oosterveld, Henk Pullen
      Pages 149-162
  6. Infrastructure: The Road to Eternity?

  7. Participation, Environment and Development: The Developing Countries’ Setting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Frans H. J. M. Coenen, Dave Huitema, Laurence J. O’Toole Jr.
      Pages 247-249
    3. Maria Carmen M. Lemos
      Pages 267-285
    4. Frans H. J. M. Coenen, Dave Huitema, Laurence J. O’Toole
      Pages 307-324
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 325-333

About this book


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.


Agenda 21 Governance Policy Political Science Politics development policy-making production transport

Editors and affiliations

  • Frans H. J. M. Coenen
    • 1
  • Dave Huitema
    • 1
  • Laurence J. O’TooleJr.
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Clean Technology and Environmental PolicyUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political ScienceUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6240-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-5330-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1383-5130
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