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Environment and Participation in a Context of Political Modernisation


  • Jan P.M. van Tatenhove
  • Pieter Leroy


This article discusses the relation between environment and participation in the context of different stages of political modernisation. We focus on the dynamics of environmental policy on the one hand, and the organisation of political participation on the other. The central argument is that participation is inextricably linked to environmental issues, but that their relation differs substantially over the various stages of the institutionalisation of environmental policy. While in the 1970s supplementary forms of participation dominated, the societalisation and marketisation of environmental policies from the late 1980s has given rise to new opportunities for participation, implying a more rule-altering potential.

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  • Jan P.M. van Tatenhove & Pieter Leroy, 2003. "Environment and Participation in a Context of Political Modernisation," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 12(2), pages 155-174, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev12:ev1208

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    Environmental policy; political participation; policy arrangements; political modernisation;

    JEL classification:

    • D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation


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