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Title: The building of a dam: value conficts in public decision-making
Authors: Costa, Ana 
Caldas, José Castro 
Coelho, Ricardo 
Ferreiro, Maria de Fátima 
Gonçalves, Vasco 
Keywords: Environmental Impact Assessment; Value conficts; Environmental and heritage values; Public decision-making
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: White Horse Press
Serial title, monograph or event: Environmental Values
Volume: 25
Issue: 2
Abstract: Public decisions concerning large projects with detrimental environmental or heritage impacts involve value conficts which stem from the diverse interests and variety of ways of evaluating the costs and benefts of such projects. They are also framed by institutionalised procedures and practices which favour certain concerns to the detriment of others. This paper aims to contribute towards a better understanding of how these procedures and practices, namely decision support tools such as the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), tend to shape public decision-making processes in particular ways. It draws on a study of the public controversy surrounding the Foz Tua dam in Portugal, with a focus on the values upheld by the different parties in the controversy and their interplay in the production of justifcations, specifcally the actors’ positions on values and value conficts and the restrictions posed by institutionalised public decision making procedures on the expression and consideration of certain values.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/35252
ISSN: 0963-2719
1752-7015
DOI: 10.3197/096327116X14552114338909
Rights: closedAccess
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