Communication and Public Participation in Environmental Decision Making

Communication and Public Participation in Environmental Decision Making

by Stephen P. Depoe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791460231

ISBN-13: 9780791460238

Pub. Date: 06/23/2004

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Looks at the critical role of community members and other interested parties in environmental policy decision making.

The contributors to this volume explore the communication practices of various stakeholders—interested citizens, grassroots and public interest groups, industry representatives, scientists and technical experts, government agencies,

Overview

Looks at the critical role of community members and other interested parties in environmental policy decision making.

The contributors to this volume explore the communication practices of various stakeholders—interested citizens, grassroots and public interest groups, industry representatives, scientists and technical experts, government agencies, federal regulators—engaged in a variety of environmental decision-making contexts in the U.S. and elsewhere. Included are case studies that analyze individuals and organizations participating both within institutional mechanisms and through alternative forms of environmental advocacy. These studies reveal that public participation in environmental decision making is both shaped by and, in many cases, constrained by the ways in which environmental issues, problems, and solutions are defined or framed through the strategic communication practices of the participants.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791460238
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/23/2004
Series:
SUNY series in Communication Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Acknowledgments

Introduction
Stephen P. Depoe and John W. Delicath

Part I. Theorizing and Constructing More Effective Public Participation Processes

1. The Trinity of Voice: The Role of Practical Theory in Planning and Evaluating the Effectiveness of Environmental Participatory Processes
Susan L. Senecah

2. A Social Communication Perspective Toward Public Participation: The Case of the Cispus Adaptive Management Area
Amanda C. Graham

3. Competing and Converging Values of Public Participation: A Case Study of Participant Views in Department of Energy Nuclear Weapons Cleanup
Jennifer Duffield Hamilton

4. Public Expertise: A Foundation for Citizen Participation in Energy and Environmental Decisions
William J. Kinsella

Part II. Evaluating Mechanisms for Public Participation in Environmental Decision Making

5. Decide, Announce, Defend: Turning the NEPA Process into an Advocacy Tool Rather than a Decision-Making Tool
Judith Hendry

6. The Roadless Areas Initiative as National Policy: Is Public Participation an Oxymoron?
Gregg B. Walker

7. Public Participation and (Failed) Legitimation: The Case of Forest Service Rhetorics in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Steve Schwarze

8. Public Involvement, Civic Discovery, and the Formation of Environmental Policy: A Comparative Analysis of the Fernald Citizens Task Force and the Fernald Health Effects Subcommittee
Stephen P. Depoe

9. Public Participation or Stakeholder Frustration: An Analysis of Consensus-Based Participation in the Georgia Ports Authority's Stakeholder Evaluation Group
Caitlin Wills Toker

10. "Free Trade" and the Eclipse of Civil Society: Barriers to Transparency and Public Participation in NAFTA and the Free Trade Area of the Americas
J. Robert Cox

Part III. Emergent Participation Practices Among Activist Communities

11. Global Governance and Social Capital: Mapping NGO Capacities in Different Institutional Contexts
Amos Tevelow

12. Toxic Tours: Communicating the "Presence" of Chemical Contamination
Phaedra C. Pezzullo

13. Art and Advocacy: Citizen Participation Through Cultural Activism
John W. Delicath

Bibliography

List of Contributors

Index

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