ERC特刊征稿|Public Participation in Climate and Energy Policy-Making

15 9月 2023 gabriels
The Dutch Citizen Assembly Energy Jan/Feb 2023 Photo credits: ©ETES2050/photographer Olivier Middendorp



  • Goda Perlaviciute,荷兰格罗宁根大学
  • Christina Demski,英国巴斯大学
  • David Bidwell,美国罗得岛大学
  • Nicholas Pidgeon,英国卡迪夫大学


Around the world there is dissatisfaction from the public with climate and energy policies. Some protest against climate policies (e.g. anti-wind-energy movements, farmers’ protests against limiting greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture), whereas others demand more stringent climate policies (e.g. climate activists). Many argue that in order to better deal with public concerns, it is critical to move away from the traditional top-down policy-making to more participatory practices. The focus of this special issue is on public participation practices organised by responsible parties (e.g. elected officials, government agencies, other public- and private-sector organisations) to deliberately engage the public in decision-making on climate policies (Dietz & Stern 2008).

The goals that public participation is expected to achieve are laudable: better democracy (i.e. normative goal), integration of citizens’ knowledge and expertise in order to reach better decisions (i.e. substantive goal), and more legitimacy and higher public acceptability of climate policies, helping move forward in reaching climate goals (i.e. instrumental goal) (Fiorino 1990). The question is, however, whether and under which conditions can public participation lead to these desired outcomes. Literature across various disciplines has put forward some key criteria to focus on when talking about good public participation – dialogue, diversity, decision-making power, and deliberation (the four Ds of public participation; Perlaviciute 2022). This is a good starting point for further investigation of how these criteria take shape, what are the key pre-conditions, and how they connect to the already-mentioned normative, substantive, and instrumental outcomes of public participation.

For this special issue, contributions are welcome that investigate public participation in climate and energy policy-making from social sciences or related perspectives. We define climate policy broadly and invite contributions that cover climate mitigation, adaptation and related policy fields (e.g. biodiversity or nature-focused policies). We are also interested in public engagement at different scales, such as participation to inform specific policies (e.g. a specific transport policy within a specific city) or broad strategies to reach a policy goal (e.g. Net Zero strategies of a nation). Different forms of public participation are relevant, including, but not limited to town-hall meetings, climate citizen assemblies, consensus conferences, and referenda. Both theoretical and empirical contributions are invited.

The potential research topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Participants’, non-participants’, and organisers’ perceptions of public participation practices
  • Motives for public participation, including motives for not participating
  • Barriers and facilitators for achieving diversity in public participation practices, including demographic and ‘deep’ diversity (i.e. different values and perspectives)
  • Outcomes of public participation on various key aspects: public acceptability of climate policies, polarisation and cohesion, quality of climate policies, decision-making quality, etc.


Dietz T & Stern P C 2008 Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making. National Academy Press

Fiorino D J 1990 Citizen participation and environmental risk: a survey of institutional mechanisms Science, Technology, & Human Values15 226-43

Perlaviciute G 2022 Contested climate policies and the four Ds of public participation: from normative standards to what people want Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 15 e749





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