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Aligning Public Participation Processes in Urban Development Projects to the Local Context

Abstract Public participation is considered an essential process for achieving sustainable urban development. Often, however, insufficient attention is paid to the design of public participation, and processes are formulaic. Then, participation may not match the local context of the communities within which a project is conducted. As a result, participation may become co-optative or coercive, stakeholders may lose trust, and outcomes may favor special interests or be unsustainable, among other shortcomings.

In this research, urban public participation is a collaborative decision-making process between residents, businesses, experts, public officials, and other stakeholders. When processes are not attuned with the local context (participant lifes... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Cohen, Matthew (Author) / Wiek, Arnim (Advisor) / Manuel-Navarrete, David (Advisor) / Schugurensky, Daniel (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Urban planning / Sustainability / Civic engagement / Local context / Public participation / Sustainability / Urban development / Urban sustainability
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 154 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note Doctoral Dissertation Sustainability 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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