"Democracy and Environmental Decision-Making"

Rippe, Klaus Peter, and Peter Schaber | from Multimedia Library Collection:
Environmental Values (journal)

Rippe, Klaus Peter, and Peter Schaber. “Democracy and Environmental Decision-Making.” Environmental Values 8, no. 1 (1999): 75–88. doi:10.3197/096327199129341725.

It has been argued that environmental decision-making can be improved be introducing citizen panels. The authors argue that citizen panels and other models of citizen participation should only be used as a consulting forum in exceptional cases at the local level, not as a real decision-making procedure. But many problems in the field of environmental policy need nonlocal, at least regional or national, regulation due to the fact that they are of national importance. The authors argue that there are good reasons not to institutionalise national citizen panels. They advocate the view that more reasonable and more competent solutions can be found by introducing forms of direct democracy.
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