The emerging "citizenship" discourse in environmental law: A New Zealand perspective

Benjamin J. Richardson, Ken Palmer

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"Environmental citizenship " is emerging as a new addition to our environmental law vocabulary. Whilst there is as yet no explicit or coherent jurisprudence of environmental citizenship per se, certain ideas appear to be crystallising in scholarly debates and government policy-making. Whilst some stress notions of deliberative democracy and ethical transformation, others view environmental citizenship more modestly as evoking the centrality of public consultation and information rights to good environmental decision-making. Relatively little attention however has been given to notions of corporate citizenship and the role of market institutions in frameworks for environmental citizenship. The New Zealand experience is pertinent for it reveals that the formulation of progressive legislation that espouses a commitment to certain ecological ethics and the concomitant generous scope for citizen participation in decision processes can readily collide with free market economic reforms lacking social and ecological responsibility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-117
Number of pages19
JournalEnvironmental and Planning Law Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


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