Participative Democracy and the EU Water Framework Directive: A Sociological Study
This research project will undertake a sociological analysis of how the public consultative and participative processes required by the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) (2000/60/EC) are being organised and practiced in the Republic of Ireland. The project will explore three interrelated research questions regarding: 1. The social, economic, political and institutional contexts which influence the consultative and participative organisational forms and practices; 2. The cultural and discursive resources of the participants, and how these are used strategically both in interaction within the consultative group and with relevant interests and publics outside the group, and 3. The consequences of these participative organisational forms and practices in term of promoting participative and inclusive democracy and the related societal and institutional learning necessary to support the attainment of environmental sustainability objectives.
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Environmental Protection Agency 2005-PHD5-SPI-4
Keywords: Public Participation; Water Framework Directive; Knowledge; Perception