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  • Page extent: 312 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.46 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521521444 | ISBN-10: 0521521440)

This book discusses how citizens can participate more effectively in sustainability science and environmental policy debates. It discusses designs for participatory procedures, and experiences of their application to issues of global change. While the focus is on citizen participation, the involvement of specific stakeholders - including water managers and venture capitalists - is also addressed. The book describes how focus group methods were combined with the interactive use of computer models into new forms of participation, tested with six hundred citizens. The results are discussed in relation to other important topics, including greenhouse gas and water management. By combining this with an examination of issues of interactive governance and developing country participation, the book provides state-of-the-art, practical insights for students, researchers and policy makers alike.

• Topical subject - how to involve the public in complex decisions on the environment • Proposes and describes concrete procedures for citizen consultation, tested on 600 people in many countries • International coverage, from Western Europe to the developing world


Part I. Concepts and Insights: 1. Citizenship participation in sustainability assessments Bernd Kasemir, Carlo C. Jaeger and Jill Jäger; 2. Contexts of citizen participation Clair Gough, Éric Darier, Bruna de Marchi, Silvio Funtowicz, Robin Grove-White, Angela Guimaraes Pereira, Simon Shackley and Brian Wynne; 3. Models as metaphors Jerry Ravetz; Part II. Experiences with IA-Focus Groups: 4. Collage processes and citizens' visions for the future Bernd Kasemir, Urs Dahinden, Asa Gerger Swartling, Daniela Schibli, Ralf Schüle, David Tàbara and Carlo C. Jäger; 5. Citizen interaction with computer models Urs Dahinden, Cristina Querol, Jill Jäger and Mans Nilsson; 6. Citizens' reports on climate strategies Cristina Querol, Asa Gerger Swartling, Bernd Kasemir and David Tàbara; Part III. Further Forms of Participation: 7. Venture capital and climate policy Bernd Kasemir, Ferenc Toth and Vanessa Masing; 8. COOL: exploring options for CO2 reduction in a participatory mode Willemijn Tuinstra, Marleen van de Kerkhoff, Matthijs Hisschemöller and Arthur Mol; 9. Expert stakeholder participation in the Thames region Thomas E. Downing, Karen Bakker, Kate Lonsdale, Neil Summerton, Erik Swyngedouw and Consuelo Giansante; 10. On the art of scenario development Chris Anastasi; Part IV. Future Perspectives: 11. From projects to program in integrated assessment research Marjolein B. A. van Asselt and Jan Rotmans; 12. Citizen participation and developing country agendas Kilaparti Ramakrishna; 13. Linking the citizen to governance for sustainable climate futures Susanne Stoll-Kleemann, Tim O'Riordan and Tom R. Burns.


'… a fascinating reflexive account of the 'voyage of discovery' undertaken by a research community, and makes stimulating reading for anyone interested in participatory integrated assessment research.' Environmental Values

'… a solid, rigorous contribution that will be useful for scholars in the sociology of science, citizenship studies and environmental education as well.' Political Studies Review

'… the forensically detailed write-ups of the data, including copious quotations from participants, assists the reader in judging the value of the research – a degree of flexibility for which the authors ought to be commended … The book addresses many intriguing issues.' Public Administration


Chris Anastasi, Karen Bakker, Tom R. Burns, Urs Dahinden, Éric Darier, Bruna De Marchi, Thomas E. Downing, Silvio Funtowicz, Asa Gerger Swartling, Consuelo Giansante, Clair Gough, Robin Grove-White, Angela Guimaraes Pereira, Matthijs Hisschemöller, Carlo C. Jäger, Jill Jäger, Bernd Kasemir, Kate Lonsdale, Vanessa Masing, Arthur Mol, Mans Nilsson, Tim O'Riordan, Cristina Querol, Kilaparti Ramakrishna, Jerry Ravetz, Jan Rotmans, Daniela Schibli, Ralf Schüle, Simon Shackley, Susanne Stoll-Kleemann, Neil Summerton, Erik Swyngedouw, David Tàbara, Ferenc Toth, Willemijn Tuinstra, Marjolein B. A. van Asselt, Marleen van de Kerkhoff, Brian Wynne

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