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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2006

Theoretical reflections on the connection between environmental assessment methods and conflict

Persson, J


Today there is a great variety of methods for evaluating the environmental impact of plans, programs and projects. But which of these methods should planners and managers choose? This theoretical article explores the connection between conflicts, communication and rationality in assessment methods. It focuses on the form (rationality) and substance of communication, i.e. what we should communicate about. The outcome supports the view that environmental assessments should be based on value- and interest-focused thinking, following a teleological ethic, when goals, alternatives and compensations are to be developed and impacts evaluated. (c) 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved


environmental assessment; rationality; conflict; communication; methods; value

Published in

Environmental Impact Assessment Review
2006, volume: 26, number: 7, pages: 605-613

Authors' information

Persson, Jesper
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Landscape Management, Design and Construction

UKÄ Subject classification

Fish and Aquacultural Science

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