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Democracy and Environmental Decision-Making

Klaus Peter Rippe and Peter Schaber

Environmental Values 8(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 impor-tance. 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.

KEYWORDS: participation, citizen panels, consensus conferences, democracy

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Environmental Philosophy and the Public Interest: A Pragmatic Reconciliation. Ben A. Minteer

Contingent Valuation: Comparing Participant Performance in Group-Based Approaches and Personal Interviews. Nele Lienhoop and Douglas C. MacMillan

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