The Consensus Building Handbook

Author: Lawrence E. Susskind
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761908449
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This handbook on group decision-making for those wanting to operate in a consensus fashion stresses the advantages of informal, common sense approaches to working together. It describes how any group can put these approaches into practice, and relates numerous examples of situations in which such approaches have been applied.

Routledge Handbook of Public Policy

Author: Eduardo Araral
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415782457
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This Handbook provides a comprehensive global survey of the policy process. Written by an outstanding line up of distinguished scholars and practitioners, the Handbook covers all aspects of the policy process including: Theory – from rational choice to the new institutionalism Frameworks – network theory, advocacy coalition and development models Key stages in the process – Formulation, implementation and evaluation Agenda setting and decision making The roles of key actors and institutions This is an invaluable resource for all scholars, graduate students and practitioners in public policy and policy analysis.

Impact Assessment

Author: David P. Lawrence
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118678737
Format: PDF, Docs
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Offers solutions and best practices to respond to recurrentproblems and contemporary challenges in the field Since the publication of the first edition of EnvironmentalImpact Assessment in 2003, both the practice and theory ofimpact assessment have changed substantially. Not only has thefield been subject to a great deal of new regulations andguidelines, it has also evolved tremendously, with a greateremphasis on strategic environmental, sustainability, and humanhealth impact assessments. Moreover, there is a greater call forimpact assessments from a global perspective. This SecondEdition, now titled Impact Assessment to reflect itsbroader scope and the breadth of these many changes, offersstudents and practitioners a current guide to today's impactassessment practice. Impact Assessment begins with an introduction and then achapter reviewing conventional approaches to the field. Next, thebook is organized around recurrent problems and contemporarychallenges in impact assessment process design and management,enabling readers to quickly find the material they need to solvetough problems, including: How to make impact assessments more influential, rigorous,rational, substantive, practical, democratic, collaborative,ethical, and adaptive How each problem and challenge-reducing process would operateat the regulatory and applied levels How each problem can be approached for different impactassessment types—sustainability assessment, strategicenvironmental assessment, project-level EIA, social impactassessment, ecological impact assessment, and health impactassessment How to link and combine impact assessment processes to operatein situations with multiple overlapping problems, challenges, andimpact assessment types How to connect and combine impact assessment processes Each chapter first addresses the topic with current theory andthen demonstrates how that theory is applied, presentingrequirements, guidelines, and best practices. Summaries at the endof each chapter provide a handy tool for structuring the design andevaluation of impact assessment processes and documents. Readerswill find analyses and new case studies that address such issues asmulti-jurisdictional impact assessment, climate change, cumulativeeffects assessment, follow-up, capacity building, interpretingsignificance, and the siting of major industrial and wastefacilities. Reflecting current theory and standards of practice, ImpactAssessment is appropriate for both students and practitionersin the field, enabling them to confidently respond to a myriad ofnew challenges in the field.

Wertkonflikte als Herausforderung der Demokratie

Author: Ulrich Willems
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3658103019
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Wertkonflikte wie der Konflikt um die Regelung des Schwangerschaftsabbruches bilden eine besondere Herausforderung demokratischer Politik. Auf der Basis einer systematischen Rekonstruktion existierender Ansätze und Theorien unterbreitet die vorliegende Arbeit zunächst einen Vorschlag zur Bestimmung der Logik und Dynamik von Wertkonflikten. In einem zweiten Schritt werden die empirischen Befunde zur Leistungsfähigkeit konventioneller und alternativer Verfahren demokratischer Konfliktregelung hinsichtlich der Zivilisierung oder Lösung von Wertkonflikten analysiert. Hier wird gezeigt, dass entgegen vorherrschenden Einschätzungen spezifische Arten von Kompromissen durchaus geeignet sind, den Kern einer Strategie der Zivilisierung von Wertkonflikten zu bilden. Der dritte Teil widmet sich der Frage nach der politischen Ordnung moralisch pluraler Gesellschaften. Die kritische Auseinandersetzung mit dem liberalen politiktheoretischen Modell für den Umgang mit Wertkonflikten mündet in das Plädoyer, die politische Ordnung moralisch pluraler Gesellschaften an der Idee eines modus vivendi zu orientieren.

Strategic Management for Tourism Communities

Author: Prof. Peter E. Murphy
Publisher: Channel View Publications
ISBN: 1845413229
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Tourism, with its wide-ranging impact, needs to be managed effectively – but how? This book advocates taking a business approach to tourism that encourages greater collaboration between stakeholders in the practical assessment of tourism options. The approach places key business management functions and stakeholders at the forefront of tourism initiatives. The business management functions of planning, organising, leadership and control are the filters through which tourism opportunities are viewed, while the stakeholder groups of customers, residents, industry and government set the agenda for appropriate tourism development. Tourist destinations must engage in realistic assessments of their abilities to meet the needs and expectations of tourism stakeholders and then act on these assessments so their goals and objectives can be achieved. A new model for bridging stakeholder gaps is presented as a template for how communities can understand and make the most of their tourism resources. The Bridging Tourism Gaps Model is a practical tool to help destinations focus on the important factors in developing and maintaining tourism as a beneficial and vital part of their communities. This book builds on the success of Tourism: A Community Approach and the subsequent tourism planning experiences of both authors to advance strategic planning in tourism.

The promise and performance of environmental conflict resolution

Author: Rosemary O'Leary
Publisher: Rff Press
ISBN: 9781891853654
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Environmental conflict resolution (ECR) is a process of negotiation that allows stakeholders in a dispute to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement on their own terms. The tools of ECR, such as facilitation, mediation, and conflict assessment, suggest that it fits well with other ideas for reforming environmental policy. First used in 1974, ECR has been an official part of policymaking since the mid 1990s. The Promise and Performance of Environmental Conflict Resolution is the first book to systematically evaluate the results of these efforts. The Promise and Performance of Environmental Conflict Resolution presents empirical research along with insights from some of ECR's most experienced practitioners. Beginning with a primer about concepts and methods, the book describes the kinds of disputes where ECR has been applied, making it clear that 'despite the faith of proponents in the power and usefulness of ECR, it is not applicable to all environmental conflicts.' The contributions that follow critically investigate the record and potential of ECR, drawing on perspectives from political science, public administration, regional planning, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and law. ECR is being extended to almost every area of environmental policy. Rosemary O'Leary and Lisa Bingham argue that truly effective use of ECR requires something more than advocacy. The Promise and Performance of Environmental Conflict Resolution provides scholars, policymakers, students, and practitioners with critical assessments, so that ECR can be used to its best advantage.