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Title:Power and Science in Participatory Watershed Planning: A Case Study From Rural Mexico
Author(s):Henne, Lisa Jean
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Schneider, Daniel W.
Department / Program:Urban and Regional Planning
Discipline:Urban and Regional Planning
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Political Science, General
Abstract:This case study characterizes citizen participation in watershed management and examines the validity of explicit and implicit assumptions that participatory watershed planning models are based upon. Contrary to the claims of participatory watershed planning, consensus-based decision-making did not result in meaningful participation, inclusion of all legitimate "stakeholders", or improvements in river management. Rather, meaningful citizen participation was due to the creation of alliances between conservation institutions and communities affected by pollution, and citizen initiatives that occurred outside of formal planning processes. Improvements in water quality were due to the strategic use of science and citizen activism to gain power over environmental enforcement agencies. These results present a powerful counter-narrative to the prevailing beliefs about how to promote democratic and ecologically sound watershed planning.
Issue Date:2002
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:170 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/79527
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3044111
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2002


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