Forming perceptions and the limits to public participation on ocean commons: evidence from a citizens jury workshop

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April 19, 2017 - 9:21pm
Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2017
Date published: 03/2017
Authors: Alyne Delaney, Maria Hadjimichael
Journal title: International Journal of the Commons
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Pages: 200

This article presents data from a citizens jury-inspired deliberative workshop held to tease out stakeholder views of management priorities for a section of the North Sea: the Dogger Bank. As this article reveals, the lessons learned from the Dogger Bank workshop advocate not simply what is required for managing one particular ocean commons, but also highlight some of the public participation research design failings, taking public participation in resource management further by adding to the literature and theoretical discussions on the public sphere. Analysis of the citizens jury-inspired deliberative workshop also highlights the critical issue of power inherent, yet often unacknowledged, in public participation in environmental management. Stakeholder opinions uncovered through workshop discussions also show how commons are viewed today – as an economic resource-- highlighting the trend of the mainstreaming of the commodification of the commons.

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