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Políticas de medio ambiente y participación ciudadana


  • Mercedes Martínez Iglesias

    () (Universitat de València)

  • Ignacio Lerma Montero

    () (Universitat de València)

  • Ernest Garcia

    () (Universitat de València)


Citizen participation is often presented as a necessary part of the process of defining and managing environmental policies. In fact, it is generally regulated in a variety of ways that affect people’s rights to enquire, request and receive information. This article examines three aspects of this issue within the context of Spain: the legal and political limits of citizen participation rights, showing their inferior position in relation to conventional political participation; specific examples of citizen involvement in environmental conflicts, which operates by means that are often outside the regulated channels; and the social functions of requests for regulated participation, which indicate a remarkably contradictory situation. In actual fact, this participation takes very different forms, sometimes going through the channels defined by governments, though often consciously ignoring or questioning them. To ensure a sufficiently comprehensive analytical approach, it should include a sociological view of the conflict.

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  • Mercedes Martínez Iglesias & Ignacio Lerma Montero & Ernest Garcia, 2008. "Políticas de medio ambiente y participación ciudadana," CIRIEC-España, revista de economía pública, social y cooperativa, CIRIEC-España, issue 61, pages 179-201, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cic:revcir:y:2008:i:61:p:179-201

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    Citizen participation; environmental policies; ecological sociology; socio-ecological conflicts.;

    JEL classification:

    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
    • Q50 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - General
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy


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