IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Login to save this article or follow this journal

Public Participation and Environmental Policy Outcomes

  • Andrew J. Green
Registered author(s):

    In a laudable attempt to increase public participation in environmental policymaking, Canadian governments have grafted US-style participation rights onto the Canadian structure of policymaking. Using the examples of regulation of sulphur dioxide emissions, automobiles, and pulp and paper effluent in Canada and the US, this paper argues that, while this increase in public participation helps off-set the power of industry and provides greater information to regulators on the benefits of regulation, it can lead to less than optimal results. Because no changes have been made to the underlying structure of policymaking, the addition of these public participation rights risks overregulation when public demand for control is high without reducing the possibility of underregulation when public interest is low. A new structure of environmental policymaking is needed to permit participation by all parties affected by regulation (including both the public and regulated parties) in a manner which permits effective and rational environmental policy.

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: only available to JSTOR subscribers

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.

    Article provided by University of Toronto Press in its journal Canadian Public Policy.

    Volume (Year): 23 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 435-458

    in new window

    Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:23:y:1997:i:4:p:435-458
    Contact details of provider: Postal: University of Toronto Press Journals Division 5201 Dufferin Street Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3H 5T8
    Web page:

    Order Information: Web: Email:

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:23:y:1997:i:4:p:435-458. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Prof. Werner Antweiler)

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.