Public Participation in Local Environmental Governance: A Question of Identity

dc.contributor.advisorWatson, Annette
dc.creatorLowery, Robert Cameron
dc.description.abstractAs a result of neoliberal economics, a significant trend in environmental governance in the United States has been to devolve primary environmental regulatory responsibility to local governments. In turn local governments have become the arena for the formulation and implementation of policy. Critiques of local environmental governance strategies have focused on their structures, functions, successes, and failures. However, what many of these critical discussions miss are issues of identity. Examining the identity politics of environmental groups, actions, and movements can help bring clarity to the underlying factors that influence whether or not groups or individuals support or actively protest environmental regulation. This paper uses a study of a Charleston, SC based citizen's environmental committee to explore common factors in identity among its constituents using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative methods. It then provides an identity-based explanation for their participation in local environmental governance strategies.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipCollege of Charleston. Graduate School; College of Charleston. Environmental Studies Program.en_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental policy - Citizen participation; Local government and environmental policyen_US
dc.titlePublic Participation in Local Environmental Governance: A Question of Identityen_US