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Tarasova, Ekaterina and Schneider, Stefan, 2011. Participation in environmental decision-making processes within the discourse of representative democracy : case study of Stuttgart 21 . Second cycle, A1E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development

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The essay investigates whether the discourse of representative democracy provides enough space for public participation in environmental decision-making. Based on the case study of Stuttgart 21 – a large-scale reconstruction of the train station in the German city of Stuttgart – the citizens understanding of participation and representative democracy is analyzed. With regards to the related theoretical frames of Habermas, Dahl, and others the applied critical discourse analysis carries out the existence of two main discourses: The discourse of formal representative democracy as well as the discourse of lifeworld representative democracy. Taking into account the hegemonic order of discourse the essay concludes that there is enough space for public participation but it affects the social reality in the way that the decisions are not legitimate and therefore it has certain negative impact on the political system in general. As it is shown based on the analysis the discourse of representative democracy need to be further developed. Procedures like the Stuttgart 21 arbitration as well as the claim for referendums could provide valuable grounds for further considerations and to some extend offer a concrete application of deliberative democracy.

Main title:Participation in environmental decision-making processes within the discourse of representative democracy
Subtitle:case study of Stuttgart 21
Authors:Tarasova, Ekaterina and Schneider, Stefan
Supervisor:Ferrari, Cristian-Alarcon
Examiner:Hallgren, Lars
Series:UNSPECIFIED
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2011
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A1E
Student's programme affiliation:NG001 Environmental Communication and Management - Magister (1year master) Programme 60 HEC
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:participation, environmental decision-making process, representative democracy, deliberative democracy
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-153
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-153
Subjects:Public administration
Land economics and policies
Social sciences, humanities and education
Language:English
Deposited On:25 May 2011 14:37
Metadata Last Modified:20 Apr 2012 14:19

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