Journal article

Fulfilling the promise of participation by not resuscitating the deficit model

Brian R Cook, Maria de Lourdes Melo Zurita

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE-HUMAN AND POLICY DIMENSIONS | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

'Participation with publics' has been embraced in both government and academic literatures as a necessary but currently unrealized means of governing socio-environmental challenges. This near-universal embrace carries global significance. Long-standing efforts in the context of disaster risk reduction (DRR) provide an opportunity to consider how experts have positioned participation such that it can only fail to empower publics. Using interviews with risk managers, we demonstrate that they impose boundaries on participation via application of a deficit model (DM). Despite continuous calls to make governance more participatory, we explore how the boundaries imposed on participation persist be..

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