A critical appraisal of why environmental policies fail and succeed, Environmental Policymaking and Stakeholder Collaboration provides policy makers with the keys to navigating complicated environmental issues and stakeholder negotiations. It covers theories in environmental policy making and stakeholder management, compares and contrasts failed and successful process and policy, and includes practical guidelines and tools for the practitioner.
More than just a theoretical examination, the book presents an extensive tool kit of more than 70 practical and applied ideas to guide the implementation of inclusive stakeholder collaboration. These ideas can be used by governments and organizations to improve decision making and ensure that stakeholders and the general public have a say in public policy. The book covers theories of stakeholder collaboration, building an understanding of why stakeholder collaboration is simultaneously critical for effective policy making and why it is so challenging.
While the focus of this book is on environmental policymaking, the theories and tools can be applied to any issue. Government cannot be expected to solve our public problems in isolation: we must ensure that diverse interests are heard and represented in the policymaking process. This book is more than just a theoretical treatise about stakeholder collaboration; it is also a collection of applied and practical tools to ensure that collaboration is put into practice in ways that are effective and meaningful. It helps people with a passion for the environment understand how to get their voices heard and helps governments understand how to listen.
Table of Contents
Stakeholder Collaboration Planning
Stakeholders: Theoretical Foundations
Counterarguments to Participation
Stakeholders and Decision Making
Stakeholders and Public Policymaking
Importance of Stakeholders for Policymaking
Stakeholder and Agency Roles
Inclusivity and Working with Marginalized Groups
Measuring Effectiveness of Stakeholder Collaboration
Working with Stakeholders in Policymaking
Promoting Good Communication
Stakeholder Participation Ideas in Practice
Case Study: Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Bioprospecting and Benefits Sharing
Stakeholder Collaboration Tools
Identifying Stakeholder Interests
Strategic Thinking Tools
Project Management Tools for Stakeholder Collaboration
Communication and Teamwork Tools
"Who can benefit from reading this book? I would say, everyone who is interested in governance and collaborative decision making. … The book is inspired by the author’s experiences with a real-life, international stakeholder collaboration during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change."
—Agnieszka D Hunka, University of Twente, the Netherlands