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Participatory Budgeting for Environmental Justice
Ethics, Policy and Environment
  • Shane Ray Epting, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Corrective measures and remediation efforts aimed at alleviating the conditions of environmental injustice usually depend on federal or state funding. However, such resources could disappear, leaving marginalized communities without the necessary means to mitigate environmental harm. Participatory Budgeting (PB), a process that allows residents to work with municipal governments to decide on community projects, holds promise as a surrogate source of funding. When examining the character of such an enterprise, however, one finds that it does not exactly fit within established paradigms of environmental justice. To account for this condition, one must examine how PB restructures the power dynamics that determine cleanup protocols. The paper ends by highlighting some avenues that municipalities can pursue to incorporate this process into existing budgeting strategies.

Arts, Languages, and Philosophy
Keywords and Phrases
  • Community,
  • Inclusivity,
  • Participation
Document Type
Article - Journal
Document Version
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© 2020 Taylor & Francis, All rights reserved.
Publication Date
Publication Date
01 Mar 2020
Citation Information
Shane Ray Epting. "Participatory Budgeting for Environmental Justice" Ethics, Policy and Environment Vol. 23 Iss. 1 (2020) p. 22 - 36 ISSN: 2155-0085; 2155-0093
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