Participatory Modelling in Ecological Economics: Lessons from practice

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Participatory modelling approaches build on deliberative principles, which have been defended by social ecological economists as a way to open up debates in the science policy interface and engage societal actors in learning and knowledge co-creation processes. Over the past decade, deliberative methods have been referred to as value articulating institutions [Chapter 3], offering alternative rule structures to standard economic appraisal techniques by accounting for multiple values, uncertainty in information and asymmetries between individuals (Antunes et al., 2009; Vatn, 2009). The rationale for deliberative methods that engage extended peer communities in planning and assessment processes also builds on the critique of expert determined decisions made by post-normal science [Chapter 28]. Participatory approaches contribute to achieving three essential goals (De Marchi and Ravetz, 2001):

widening the framings of policy issues by including representation of multiple sectors of society;

delivering a decision-making mode which is responsive to democratic principles and encourages commitment throughout the several stages of the policy-making cycle; and

improving the quality of decisions by accommodating multiple perspectives that expand the scope of problem definition, as well as design and selection of alternative solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Ecological Economics
EditorsClive Spash
ISBN (Electronic)9781315679747
ISBN (Print)9781138931510
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2017


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