Theoretical Analysis on Chinese Public’s Participation in Environmental Matters—Institutionalization Approach

Meng TANG, Jingxiao GUAN


How does the public participate in environment matters to influence decisions that affect their own environment? There are two existing theories supporting the public’s participation in environment matters. However, they emphasize the certainty of the public’s participation in environment matters. The real problems that the public facing during their participation in environment matters and their practical needs lack of resolutions and responses. The way to figure out these problems is to put forward theoretical framework for the public’s participation in environment matters so that to set up an interactive environment law system that can reflect action subjects’ initiatives.

Key words: Public participation; Certainty; Institutionalization


Public participation; Certainty; Institutionalization


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