Deliberative Democracy and Dispute Resolution

TitleDeliberative Democracy and Dispute Resolution
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsSusskind, L
Journal Ohio State Journal On Dispute Resolution, Vol. 24, Issue 3, 2009: 1-12.
Date Published09/2009

Imagine the following: a small city of about 30,000 must decide whether to allow construction of a controversial industrial facility. The plant will generate sorely needed jobs and tax revenue, but it might also pose serious environmental and public-health risks. Under normal circumstances, the city council would require the developer to undertake a set of technical studies that city departments would review before a permit could be granted. Then, the city government (including several elected and/or appointed boards) might hold a hearing, and ultimately vote on whether to approve the project. Along the way, there might be a lot of letters to the editor of the local newspaper and even a referendum.