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1 Linking modes of governance and social-ecological outcomes in environmental evaluation Outline of an evidence-based approach Edward Challies, Nicolas Jager, Jens Newig, Ana Adzersen

2 Outline  Introduction: Participatory environmental governance  Hypotheses: Participation in environmental policy-making  Methodology: Meta-analysis  Key Contributions 2

3 Participatory environmental governance  Rise of participatory governance, 1970s →  State failure, ‘inclusive government’ and ‘good governance’  Instrumental and democratic/emancipatory value of participation  Tensions in citizen participation  Participatory environmental governance  From social side-effects to social-ecological synergies? 3

4 Hypotheses: Participation in environmental policy-making  Hypothesised causal links between:  participation and policy effectiveness (implementation, compliance)  participation and environmental standards of the output 4

5 Conceptualising goals of participation 5 instrumentalemancipatory quality of the decision itself quality of implmentation pre-emptive legal protection Procedural- Justice-effect balancing of interests addressing conflicts incorporation of local knowledge knowledge of stakeholder positions acceptance and identification transparency and accountability education and capacity building building trust democratic policy formulation

6 Participation  policy effectiveness 6 +/- Implementation & Compliance (outcomes) - Institutional fit/ compatibility - Knowledge for implementation - Conflict resolution - Representation of diverse interests (incl. veto players) - ‘Win-win’ scenarios - Discursive fairness - Procedural justice - Education of policy addressees - Network creation - Waking sleeping dogs - Demand-institutional misfit

7 Participation  environmental standards of output 7 +/- Environmental standards of the policy/decision (output) - Representation of environmental actors - Environmentally relevant knowledge - ‘Common good’ - ‘Positive sum game’ solutions - Innovative/creative solutions - Disadvantaging environmental actors - Co-optation of environmental interests - Increased likelihood of veto

8 Example: Procedural justice effects 8 Participatory process Perceived legitimacy & fairness Increased acceptance of the output Improved implementation and compliance

9 Example: Negotiation effects 9 Participatory process Communication & bargaining Optimal allocations & positive sum solutions Higher environmental standards of the output

10 Methodology  Meta-analysis - case survey  Systematic aggregation of single small-N case study data  Precise coding according to theoretically informed scheme  transforms qualitative into quantitative data  combines richness of case material with scientific rigour of large-N comparative analysis - seldom applied  Screening of 2,871 texts for possible cases  Population of 572 cases  Random sample of 200 cases 10

11 Conceptual framework for cross-case analysis 11

12 Case-survey analysis – variable coding  Description of the case material through semi-quantitative variables  Coding done by three coders  Resulting data set allows for statistical analysis, QCA, etc. 12

13 Counterfactual reasoning 13 Factor 1 ↑ Factor 2 ↓ - causal relationship Factor 1 ↓ Factor 2 ↑ current state counterfactual situation with lower intensity of factor 1 Factor 2 counterfactual situation with higher intensity of factor 1 Factor 1 ↑ Factor 2 ↑ + causal relationship Factor 1 ↓ Factor 2 ↓

14 Key contributions  Conceptual: Exploring mechanisms by which, and circumstances under which, participation can improve decision/policy-making effectiveness and environmental standard of policies.  Policy: Evidence-based insights to support decision/policy-makers to achieve environmental policy goals in a socially and environmentally sustainable way. Aid decision-makers in characterising policy contexts (e.g. environmental issue, stakeholder field, etc.) and selecting suitable modes of participation given specific goals.  Methodological: Large N meta-analysis; investigation of causality via hypotheses and counterfactual reasoning.  Proposition: Environmental policy evaluation should take stock of the role of public participation in securing both environmental and social outcomes, and not see the latter as mere side-effects. 14

15 EDGE Project Evaluating the Delivery of Environmental Governance using an Evidence-based Research Design (EDGE) Project team: Prof. Dr Jens Newig, Dr Edward Challies Nicolas Jager M.A. Research Group on Governance, Participation and Sustainability Leuphana University Scharnhorststraße Lüneburg Germany Project timeframe:

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