Can public engagement democratize environmental policymaking in a resource-dependent state? Comparative case studies from Alberta, Canada

Laurie E. Adkin, Lorelei L. Hanson, David Kahane, John R. Parkins, Steve Patten

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Articlepeer-review

13 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

What factors shape the democratic potential of public consultation in environmental policymaking? Here, the motivations, purposes, designs, and outcomes of recent public engagement on land use planning, climate change policy, and water resource management in Alberta, Canada are reviewed in order to show how the power dynamics of the political and economic context shape the democratic potential of public and stakeholder consultations, especially where dominant resource interests are at stake. At the same time, political leadership, interactions between civil society actors and key design elements are shown to be important to democratization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-321
Number of pages21
JournalEnvironmental Politics
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar. 2017

Keywords

  • Public engagement
  • consultation
  • democracy
  • environmental governance
  • policymaking
  • political economy

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Can public engagement democratize environmental policymaking in a resource-dependent state? Comparative case studies from Alberta, Canada'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this