Stakeholder Participation as a Means to Produce Morally Justified Environmental Decisions

Samuelsson, Lars and Rist, Lucy (2016) Stakeholder Participation as a Means to Produce Morally Justified Environmental Decisions. Ethics, Policy & Environment, 19 (1). pp. 76-90. ISSN 2155-0085

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AbstractStakeholder participation is an increasingly popular ingredient within environmental management and decision-making. While much has been written about its purported benefits, a question that has been largely neglected is whether decision-making informed through stakeholder participation is actually likely to yield decisions that are morally justified in their own right. Using moral methodology as a starting point, we argue that stakeholder participation in environmental decision-making (if adequately designed) may indeed be an appropriate means to produce morally justified decisions, the reason being that such participation may constitute an efficient way to satisfy the standard requirements on moral reasoning and moral justification. This finding also emphasizes the importance of identifying those settings most conducive to allowing different stakeholders to both challenge each other?s arguments and to adopt each other?s perspectives in order to make effective use of participation in environmental decision-making for the purpose of reaching morally justified decisions.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Future Forest Subject: Skogsbruk för många olika nyttor > Värdekonflikter
Skogsbruk för många olika nyttor > Dialogmodeller
Depositing User: Christer Enkvist
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 14:23
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2017 14:23

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