Participatory Decision-Making for Sustainable Consumption

  • Frans CoenenEmail author
  • Dave Huitema
  • Johan Woltjer

This chapter concerns the impact of public involvement in public decision-making processes as related to household consumption patterns, and the impact on consumer behaviour of active participation.1 The call for participatory decision-making is common in the field of sustainable consumption (Murphy & Cohen, 2001). Implicit in many of these calls is the assumption that increasing the awareness and engagement of the public in decision-making processes for environmental protection will, ultimately, strengthen that protection. A second assumption is that public participation may also result in behavioural change by consumers. At a minimum there is the hope that an engagement of consumers will mean a greater awareness by consumers of the environmental impact of their purchases and behaviour (Barry, 2006). From a functional perspective there is the idea that the active participation of the consumer/citizen in public decision-making processes, as one of several ‘stakeholders’ or ‘partners’, could lead to alternative developments in sustainable consumption patterns.


Public Participation Organic Food Public Involvement Social Dilemma Sustainable Consumption 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TwenteSchool of Management and Governance, Center for Clean Technology and Environmental PolicyThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)Vrije UniversiteitHV AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Rijksuniversiteit GroningenFaculteit Ruimtelijke wetenschappenThe Netherlands

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