The Mechanics of Virtue: Lessons on Public Participation from Implementing the Water Framework Directive in the Netherlands

Jeroen Van der Heijden, Ernst ten Heuvelhof

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    Abstract

    Public participation is often presented as a virtue (a normative good), but the strategy comes with its own mechanical flaws. Policy debates and the literature have for a long time been dominated by this idea of public participation as a virtue, but recently the literature has become more critical, addressing the instrumental and substantive aspects of public participation. This article engages with and adds to the literature by presenting the use of public participation in implementing the European Water Framework Directive in the Netherlands. The study traces and discusses a number of mechanistic issues related to public participation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)177-188
    JournalEnvironmental Policy and Governance
    Volume22
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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