Effective Citizen Participation in Environmental Issues: What Can Local Governments Learn?

Source: Jyldyz Kasymova and Tia Sherèe Gaynor, State and Local Government Review, Vol. 46 no. 2, June 2014
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From the abstract:
Citizen engagement in local decision-making processes is improving, especially with respect to environmental issues. This research evaluates environmental participation in three jurisdictions. We attempt to explain the success of participation by looking at the benefits of engagement. In all three cases, a significant degree of collaboration between local governments and not-for-profit organizations was present. Institutional commitment to engage the public was evident in the case of Newark, New Jersey, while Tonawanda, New York, delegated citizen engagement functions to the local environmental justice group. Even in less democratic regimes like Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, active environmental participation at local levels was found to be effective.