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Prutsch, A; Steurer, R; Stickler, T.
(2018): Is the participatory formulation of policy strategies worth the effort? The case of climate change adaptation in Austria
REG ENVIRON CHANGE. 2018; 18(1): 271-285. FullText FullText_BOKU

Participation is usually regarded as a good practice in environmental policymaking, but its effects on policy strategies are unclear. Based on literature research, surveys, and interviews with participants, the present paper assesses whether decisional participation in formulating Austriaxxxs National Adaptation Strategy (NAS) was worth the effort. Assessed against the goals of the participation process, we find that it raised awareness for adaptation and facilitated an exchange among the participants and that it improved the content of the NAS. However, regarding the goal of enhancing the acceptance of and commitment to the NAS, we find that this has been achieved among those who participated but not among high-level policymakers who are responsible for implementing the NAS. We conclude that (decisional) participation has its benefits in formulating comprehensive policy strategies but that it is most likely not able to overhaul their well-documented weaknesses, among them weak political commitment and implementation failures.
Authors BOKU Wien:
Steurer Reinhard

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