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Unravelling Reasons for the Non-Establishment of Protected Areas: Justification Regimes and Principles of Worth in a Swiss National Park Project

Annina Helena Michel, Norman Backhaus

Environmental Values 28 (2019): 171-190. doi: 10.3197/096327119X15515267418511

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This article engages with pragmatic sociology to understand an environmental dispute and its underlying moral issues in a direct-democratic and bottom-up setting. The non-establishment of a planned national park in the Swiss Alps serves as a case study to analyse principles of worth presented in national park negotiations. We point to the complex nature of conservation negotiations and argue that loosely defined ideas of the common good can lead to additional difficulties for a bottom-up project. Moreover, we open up new ground for discussion concerning the interplay of nature conservation and direct democracy.


Protected areas, national park negotiations, orders of worth, pragmatic sociology, Switzerland

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Reframing Problems of Incommensurability in Environmental Conflicts Through Pragmatic Sociology: From Value Pluralism to the Plurality of Modes of Engagement with the Environment. Laura Centemeri

The Fundamental Role of Large-Scale Trust Building in Natural Resource Management. Karni Marcus

The Role of Values in a Community-Based Conservation Initiative in Northern Ghana. Lance W. Robinson and Kwame Ampadu Sasu

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Editorial: Focusing on Relational Matters to Overcome Duality. Claudia Carter

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