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Preliminary Program (02/2012)
Wednesday, 21 March, 2012
4.00pm
Arrival, Registration (Erweiterungsbau TU Berlin (EB 218), Straße des 17. Juni 145, 10623 Berlin)
7.00pm
Dinner (Café am Neuen See, Lichtensteinallee 2, 10787 Berlin)
Thursday, 22 March, 2012
9.00am
Registration, Coffee
9.30am
Opening Session

  • Welcome note (Johann Köppel)
  • Introduction to the Program and the Research Field (Gesa Geißler)
10.30am
Session I: Direct democracy and the environment –overview
How are initiative and referenda used in environmental related decision making worldwide? Does direct democratic decision making generally further implementation of environmental policy goals?

  • Ballot measures in the American states dealing with climate change
    Daniel Smith, Gainesville (USA)
  • Direct Democracy and Environmental Impact Assessment in Russia
    Johann Köppel, Berlin (Germany) & Polina Agakhanyants, St. Petersburg (Russia)
11.30am
Discussion and Findings of Session I
12.00am
Lunch
1.00pm
Session II: Public Involvement and Environmental Initiatives and Referenda
How are initiatives and referenda interacting with formal/informal public involvement processes in (environmental) planning and permitting processes? How and in which cases can direct democratic decision making be beneficial for formal public involvement? 

  • Direct Democracy via Agency Collaboration with Stakeholders
    Thomas Koontz, Columbus (USA)
  • Linking stakeholder participation and environmental outcomes: In search of evidence
    Edward Challies & Nicholas Jager, Lüneburg (Germany)
  • Public Participation and Direct Democracy in Implementation of EU Water Framework Directive and Climate Change Policy in Germany
    Nicole Kovalev, Berlin (Germany)
2.30pm
Discussion and Findings of Session II
3.00pm
Coffee break
3.30pm
Session III: Effects of direct democracy in Europe
How are initiative and referenda used in environmental and energy related decision making? Does direct democratic decision making generally further implementation of environ-mental policy goals?

  • Environment and Direct Democracy – an Overview of European Countries
    Theo Schiller, Marburg (Germany)
  • Wind Power and Biomass Referendums in the Czech Republic and Hungary
    Michael L. Smith, Prague (Czech Republic)
4.30pm
Discussion and Findings of Session III
5.00pm
Coffee break
5.30pm
Round table discussions
Central insights and open questions from the preceding sessions; identification of research questions and working hypotheses; perspectives for further steps…
7.00pm
Dinner (Märkisches Ufer, 10279 Berlin)
Friday, 23 March, 2012
8.30am
Registration, Coffee
9.00am
Session IV: Effects of Direct Democracy in Europe
How are initiative and referenda used in environmental and energy related decision making? Does direct democratic decision making generally further implementation of environmental policy goals?

  • Challenging dominant environmental political discourse though direct democracy initiatives. The case of Italy's recent referendums
    Carlo Rega, Torino (Italy)
  • Renewable Energy Referenda in Germany
    Gesa Geißler, Berlin (Germany)
10.00am
Discussion and Findings of Session IV
10.30am
Coffee break
11.00am
Session V: Spillover effects of direct democracy and their relevance for environmental policy
How do initiative and referenda influence (environmental) planning and permitting processes and involved stakeholders?

  • Direct Democracy and Good (Environmental) Governance – Achieving Environmental Justice?
    Silke Laskowski, Kassel (Germany)
  • The democratic crunch in environmental issues: participatory evaluations, elitist decisions and the authoritarian backlash Alessandro Bonifazi, Bari (Italy)
  • Direct Democracy, Environmental Quality and Sustainability - the example of Switzerland
    Justina Fischer, Bern (Switzerland)
12.30am
Discussion and Findings of Session V

1.00pm
Lunch
2.00pm
Session VI: Relation of direct democracy to other forms of citizen participation

  • Communication Strategies of Local Environmental Activist Groups
    Marco Bräuer, Ilmenau (Germany)
  • Functions of Getting Involved
    Jessica Reisert, Berlin (Germany)
3.00pm
Discussion and Findings of Session VI
3.30pm
Coffee break
4.00pm
Round table discussions (cont.)
Central insights and open questions from the preceding sessions; identification of research questions and working hypotheses; perspectives for further steps…
5.00pm
Closing Session: The way forward

  • Reports from round table discussions
  • Closing remarks (Johann Köppel & Gesa Geißler)


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