Public Participation and Ecological Valuation: Inclusive=Radical
Perkins, Patricia E. (Ellie)
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This paper discusses the gender and class implications of “public participation” processes, which are increasingly used in Europe, North America, and elsewhere as a basic component of environmental and public policy decision-making. While they are grounded in strong political and ecological rationales, public participation processes can potentially exacerbate gender, ethnic, class, and other inequities. The paper focuses on the complexities of conceptualizing and designing public participation processes which are gender- and diversity-sensitive and take into account the different kinds of relationships with the environment held by different members of society. The more inclusive and diversity-sensitive these processes are, the more radical their implications.
Citation“Public participation and ecological valuation: inclusive = radical.” Presented at the Capitalism Nature Socialism conference, July 22-24, York University, Toronto, Ontario.
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