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From consultation to deliberation? Tracing deliberative norms in EIA frameworks in Swedish roads planning
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment.
2009 (English)In: Environmental impact assessment review, ISSN 0195-9255, E-ISSN 1873-6432, Vol. 29, no 5, 295-304 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents the results of an analysis of deliberative norms in the framework for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in roads planning in Sweden. The more specific question is how this framework has responded to the shift towards more deliberative approaches to planning and decision making, advocated in planning theory and policy literature over the last decade. The analysis, which compares the current framework and guidance with an earlier iteration, identifies a shift towards deliberation; deliberative norms are present, and even dominate recent guidance. However, an instrumental norm permeates both the former and the current guidance, suggesting that even as a language of consultation is replaced by one of deliberation, the intention remains to secure and legitimise a smooth development pathway. Evidence from interviews with professionals working in the Swedish EIA system highlights the difficulties of navigating these uncertainties in practice. By opening up critical analysis of deliberative norms as they shape the conditions for practice, this study contributes to the continuous development of planning practice, by supporting a more normatively reflexive approach to framework-design.

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2009. Vol. 29, no 5, 295-304 p.
Keyword [en]
Deliberative norms, Infrastructure planning, Environmental assessment, framework, participation, time
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Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology Civil Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-18592DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2009.01.007ISI: 000267864900003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-67349149682OAI: diva2:336639
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05 Last updated: 2011-01-31Bibliographically approved

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