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Deliberating Environmental Policy in India : Participation and the role of advocacy (Hardcover)

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As one of the world’s largest and most bio-diverse countries, India’s approach to environmental policy will be very significant in tackling global environmental challenges. This book explores the transformations that have taken place in the making of environmental policy in India since the economic liberalization of the 1990s. It investigates if there has been a slow shift from top-down planning to increasingly bottom up and participatory policy processes, examining the successes and failures of recent environmental policies. Linking deliberation to collective action, this book contends that it is crucial to involve local actors in framing the policies that decide on their rights and control over bio-resources in order to achieve the goal of sustainable human development.

The first examples of large-scale participatory processes in Indian environmental policy were the 1999 National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan and the 2006 Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers Act. This book explores these landmark policies, exploring the strategies of advocacy and deliberation that led to both the successes and failures of recent initiatives. It concludes that in order to deliberate with the state, civil society actors must engage in forms of strategic advocacy with the power to push agendas that challenge mainstream development discourses. The lessons learnt from the Indian experience will not only have immediate significance for the future of policy making in India, but they will also be of interest for other countries faced with the challenges of integrating livelihood and sustainability concerns into the governance process.

As one of the world?s largest and most bio-diverse countries, India?s approach to environmental policy will be very important in tackling global environmental challenges. Since the economic liberalization of the 1990s in India, environmental policy making has seen a slow shift from top-down planning to increasingly bottom up, participatory policy processes. This book explores the success of recent environmental policies which have subscribed to participatory processes in policy formulation. As policy makers aim for sustainable human development, it will be crucial to involve local communities in framing the policies that decide on their rights and control over bioresources.

The first examples of large-scale participatory processes in Indian environmental policy were the 2004 National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan and the 2006 Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers Act. This book explores these landmark policies, concluding that the successes of recent initiatives have carved out room for a more inclusive formulation process with the power to push agendas which challenge mainstream development discourses. The lessons learnt from the Indian experience not only have immediate significance for the future of policy making in India, but they will also be of interest for other countries faced with the challenges of integrating livelihood and sustainability concerns into the governance process.

Number of Pages: 186
Genre: Political Science
Sub-Genre: Public Policy / Environmental Policy
Series Title: Routledge Studies in Asia and the Environment
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Sunayana Ganguly
Language: English
Street Date: December 2, 2015
TCIN: 16961596
UPC: 9781138819436
Item Number (DPCI): 247-43-4397
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