Managing Facts and Feelings in Environmental Governance

New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series

Edited by Lorenzo Squintani, Faculty of Law, University of Groningen, the Netherlands, Jan Darpö, Faculty of Law, Uppsala University, Sweden, Luc Lavrysen, Department of European, Public and International Law, Ghent University, Belgium and Peter-Tobias Stoll, Jean Monnet Chair, Faculty of Law, Göttingen University, Germany

This timely book brings to the foreground the considerable tensions between the need to engage the public in the importance of environmental governance and the need of professional expertise to address the issues which arise. In doing so, it highlights that not only can public opinion deviate from scientific knowledge, but scientific knowledge itself can be lacunose or contradicting. Drawing together insights from some of the leading scholars, this engaging work will provide guidance to decision makers, including judges, on how to govern public participation procedures and professional expertise and the role that the precautionary principle can play in this regard.


‘This book enriches the existing literature on environmental law and policy by discussing the often underestimated influence of facts and feelings on policy decisions. Its scientific approach and the wide experience of the contributors have generated a full consideration of all facets of the problem, including the points of view of industry, environmentalists, scientists and judges. Participation problems, the precautionary principle, the innovation principle and the judges' problems of making decisions in cases of tensions between facts and feelings are discussed in detail. The book presents an innovative and thought-inspiring insight into the challenges and difficulties of environmental decision-making.’
– Ludwig Krämer, Derecho y Medio Ambiente S.L., Spain

2019 256 pp Hardback 978 1 78897 616 9 £117.00 £85.00 $117.00 $130.00

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