Valuing beyond economics : a pluralistic evaluation framework for participatory policymaking

Gunton, RM, Hejnowicz, AP, Basden, A, van Asperen, EN, Christie, I, Hanson, DR and Hartley, SE 2022, 'Valuing beyond economics : a pluralistic evaluation framework for participatory policymaking' , Ecological Economics, 196 , p. 107420.

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The sustainability challenges facing societies call for policies and governance systems that are attuned to the diversity of goods that support and enrich human life via ecological, technical and other kinds of systems, and to the plurality of values that people hold across diverse cultures and belief systems. A pluralistic evaluation framework (PEF) is here presented as a tool for considering diverse kinds of goodness as perceived by diverse stakeholders in the design and evaluation of policies or projects. It arises from considering a suite of aspects of meaning (biotic, economic, aesthetic, etc.) at each of three stages, namely: identifying relevant stakeholders, mapping real-world systems and assessing modes of valuing. This framework, drawing on the philosophical work of Herman Dooyeweerd and Dirk Vollenhoven, offers a joined-up, participatory approach to policymaking. We report pilot trials of the PEF with groups of policymakers at a series of workshops, demonstrating that it provides additional perspectives and unification of core issues and can be used in a wide range of areas of policymaking and project assessment. We also illustrate its potential application to a controversial environmental project and outline how a pluralistic evaluation framework can be used in tandem with existing frameworks.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Ecological Economics
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0921-8009
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Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 16 May 2022 15:44
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 09:47

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