October 01, 2017

Does It Hurt to Get SLAPPED? A Study of the Perils of Citizen Involvement

James M. Redwine

Whatever the origins of the Old English curse, we do seem to be living in interesting times, and challenging ones for those concerned with the preservation of natural resources and the environment. The challenges seem to stem from the intersection of two recent trends: first, the belief—whatever its merits—that environmental regulation, however well intentioned, has gone too far and inhibits necessary economic growth and second, public officials’ apparent attempts to hinder citizen participation in public discussion and decision-making that conflicts with those officials’ policy goals.

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