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Subject/Keyword
public participation
energy
deliberative democracy
climate change
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Hobbs, Lyndsay A
Supervisor and department
Parkins, John (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Kahane, David (Political Science)
Examining committee member and department
Dorow, Sara (Sociology)
Department
Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
Specialization
Rural Sociology
Date accepted
2013-07-23T13:50:46Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Climate change is a complex and value-laden issue, polarized by debate, and the localized nature of its effects warrants greater community response and citizen participation. This research contributes to existing deliberative democracy theory and practice by exploring the nature of participant experiences at the Citizens’ Panel on Edmonton’s Energy and Climate Challenges. Following the journeys of select deliberators, through journal entries, observations, and survey responses, I seek to provide greater understanding of resulting knowledge, belief, and opinion changes, and shifts in civic engagement as well as the elements of the deliberative event that facilitated or hindered participant change and the production of meaningful, “public-spirited” dialogue. Key findings show that participants experienced knowledge increases and opinion formation, but that factors such as a lack of formal decision-making power, activism, and City of Edmonton bias towards low carbon caused participant frustration and skepticism of the process.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R36M33C1Q
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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