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Political Opportunity and Public Participation: EIA in Northern Canada and South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Devlin, John Boyco, Morgan Walter 2010-12-08 2011-01-24T16:29:30Z 2011-01-24T16:29:30Z 2011-01-24
dc.description.abstract This research critically examines the process of public participation in the politically contested arena of environmental impact assessment (EIA) in two case studies: the Ekati diamond mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories and the Richards Bay Minerals project in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Each case offers the chance to examine and compare the potentialities of expanded public participation in EIA and the promise of deliberative environmental decision-making. The concept of deliberative public participation has become the new normative standard for citizen engagement in numerous planning and policy-making processes, including EIA. It calls for increased participation by previously disadvantaged communities in the decisions that affect them through multi-stakeholder dialogue. Addressing the need for a realistic assessment of deliberative democratic practice, this study explores the limits of deliberative process by looking at specific examples of EIA, bringing into focus political processes, power relations and the structural conditions affecting citizen engagement. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject EIA en_US
dc.subject environmental impact assessment en_US
dc.subject planning en_US
dc.subject deliberative democracy en_US
dc.subject public participation en_US
dc.subject Ekati en_US
dc.subject Richards Bay Minerals en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.title Political Opportunity and Public Participation: EIA in Northern Canada and South Africa en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Rural Planning and Development en_US Master of Science (Planning) en_US School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US

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