Environment and the public arena: environmental governance and its implications for public policies

Malu Villela, Marcus Gomes

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Abstract

The institutional framework of contemporary society has changed since the boundary between public and private spheres became increasingly fluid, with the State no longer the only actor to regulate the behaviour of social actors, nor indeed, the only actor to problematize what is public. Other actors have also begun to develop their own initiatives in relation to public matters, and this also applies to the environmental agenda. In this context, this article aims to develop an approach to public sector initiatives aimed at the environment by examining the experiences of the Public Management and Citizenship program database and the recent activities of the Friends of the Amazon Network. The conclusion is that such an approach should consider at least three elements: Transversality - environmental impacts involve different areas of knowledge and governmental action; No Neutrality - understanding environmental impacts involves negotiation in the public arena; Governance - environmental issues require coordination and relationships between different actors.
Translated title of the contributionEnvironment and the public arena: environmental governance and its implications for public policies
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)101-118
Number of pages18
JournalCadernos Gestão Pública e Cidadania
Volume21
Issue number69
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2016

Keywords

  • Environment
  • Sustainability
  • Governance
  • Public arena
  • Public policies

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