A step-by-step guide connecting theory to practice Environmental Conflict Management introduces students to the research and practice of environmental conflict and provides a step-by-step process for engaging stakeholders and other interested parties in the management of environmental disputes. In each chapter, authors Dr. Tracylee Clarke and Dr. Tarla Rai Peterson first introduce a specific concept or process step and then provide exercises, worksheets, role-plays, and brief case studies so students can directly apply what they are learning. The appendix includes six additional extended case studies for further analysis. In addition to providing practical steps for understanding and managing conflict, the text identifies the most relevant laws and policies to help students make more informed decisions. Students will develop techniques for public involvement and community outreach, strategies for effective meeting management, approaches to negotiating options and methodologies for communicating concerns and working through differences, and outlines for implementing and evaluating strategies for sustaining positive community relations.
Chapter 2: Collaborative Approaches to Environmental Conflict
Collaborative Approaches to Environmental Conflict
The Need for a Collaborative Approach
Until recently, the prevailing notion was that the best public policy decisions were made through technocratic governance and professional experts. Decisions were left up to technical experts who use their knowledge to analyze a controversial situation and implement their proposals. Society has become increasingly aware of environmental issues, however, and has expressed a desire to participate in deciding how to resolve these issues (Peterson & Feldpausch-Parker, 2013). This awareness and interest means that the challenges of structuring productive participation opportunities, identifying appropriate stakeholders, and constructively incorporating public recommendations have become central concerns for government agencies, industries, and interest groups.
Conflict researchers argue that “governance grounded in conventional bureaucratic rationality too often ...