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Multistakeholder Participation

  • By: Jaan-Henrik Kain
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

In contemporary development processes in cities and regions, stakeholder participation among vested-interest groups is often a core activity and seen as more or less mainstream. Such development processes may be of different kinds, for example, addressing spatial planning, neighborhood regeneration, environmental improvements, or behavioral change. The stakeholders involved may also belong to very different categories, for example, the general public, those most affected by these decisions in their daily life, or those with a financial interest in the development. However, multistakeholder participation in decision analysis tends to become quite complex, and the outcomes can be both positive and negative. To navigate among these pros and cons, it becomes necessary to carefully shape any approach to multistakeholder participation according to the specific conditions of each development ...

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