Inhalt des Dokuments
Major Conference Topics
The sessions of the symposium
shall be organized around the following major topics and questions:
Instrumental effects of decision making by means of direct democracy on the environment
- How do
ballot box decisions influence land use plans, urban growth policies,
open space conservation, biodiversity?
- How do such
decisions impact environmental policies and goals e.g. water
policies, emission reduction policies, energy policies, climate
- Do decisions being made by means of direct democracy support the achievement of environmental policy objectives or do they in contrast sometimes even hinder (e.g. achieving renewable energy generation targets)?
- Does direct democracy lead to compromises which result in harmony amongst involved stakeholders but include tradeoffs and negative effects for the environment?
Instrumental effects of
decision making by means of direct democracy on planning cultures and
public involvement processes
- Does ballot
box voting on land-use and environmental topics influence planning
cultures and if yes, how?
- How does it affect formal public involvement processes and approaches in environmental impact assessments (EIA, SEA) and other planning/permission processes (land-use planning, growth management...)?
- What is the intention behind using means of direct democracy in decision-making on environmentally relevant topics (initiating/supporting, preventive)?
Spillover or educative
effects of direct democracy and their relevance for environmental
- How does direct democratic
decision-making influence environmental interest groups and
- How does it affect membership and
engagement in environmental NGOs?
- Which role do
environmental NGOs have in direct democratic decision-making?
- Does direct democratic decision-making influence citizens’ knowledge and interest in environmental topics?