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Title: Environmental impact assessment: Retrospect and prospect

Abstract

The widespread experience of environmental impact assessment (EIA) as an anticipatory environmental management tool has generated a considerable debate over the extent to which it is achieving its purposes. This has been measured in terms of EIA 'effectiveness', especially as discussion has moved away from issues of procedural implementation, to the more substantive goals of EIA and its place within broader decision-making contexts. Empirical studies have revealed the relatively weak degree of influence on planning decisions that is being exerted by EIA, which is increasingly being attributed to its rationalist beginnings. This article seeks to direct this debate towards the founding political purposes of EIA which, it is argued, provide a neglected, yet strong, basis for EIA reform. A number of illustrative suggestions are made as a result of this redirection, to enable EIA to adopt a more determinative role in decision making and to contribute to more sustainable patterns of development planning.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4]
  1. Faculty of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield S1 1WB (United Kingdom). E-mail: s.a.jay@shu.ac.uk
  2. University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom). E-mail: carys.jones@manchester.ac.uk
  3. Sefton Borough Council, Southport, Merseyside (United Kingdom). E-mail: paul.slinn@eas.sefton.gov.uk
  4. University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom). E-mail: chris.wood@manchester.ac.uk
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20972046
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Environmental Impact Assessment Review; Journal Volume: 27; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2006.12.001; PII: S0195-9255(06)00133-8; Copyright (c) 2006 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; DECISION MAKING; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION; HEAVY METALS; PLANNING

Citation Formats

Jay, Stephen, Jones, Carys, Slinn, Paul, and Wood, Christopher. Environmental impact assessment: Retrospect and prospect. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2006.12.001.
Jay, Stephen, Jones, Carys, Slinn, Paul, & Wood, Christopher. Environmental impact assessment: Retrospect and prospect. United States. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2006.12.001.
Jay, Stephen, Jones, Carys, Slinn, Paul, and Wood, Christopher. Tue . "Environmental impact assessment: Retrospect and prospect". United States. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2006.12.001.
@article{osti_20972046,
title = {Environmental impact assessment: Retrospect and prospect},
author = {Jay, Stephen and Jones, Carys and Slinn, Paul and Wood, Christopher},
abstractNote = {The widespread experience of environmental impact assessment (EIA) as an anticipatory environmental management tool has generated a considerable debate over the extent to which it is achieving its purposes. This has been measured in terms of EIA 'effectiveness', especially as discussion has moved away from issues of procedural implementation, to the more substantive goals of EIA and its place within broader decision-making contexts. Empirical studies have revealed the relatively weak degree of influence on planning decisions that is being exerted by EIA, which is increasingly being attributed to its rationalist beginnings. This article seeks to direct this debate towards the founding political purposes of EIA which, it is argued, provide a neglected, yet strong, basis for EIA reform. A number of illustrative suggestions are made as a result of this redirection, to enable EIA to adopt a more determinative role in decision making and to contribute to more sustainable patterns of development planning.},
doi = {10.1016/j.eiar.2006.12.001},
journal = {Environmental Impact Assessment Review},
number = 4,
volume = 27,
place = {United States},
year = {Tue May 15 00:00:00 EDT 2007},
month = {Tue May 15 00:00:00 EDT 2007}
}