In the debate on governance the concept of responsibility is frequently invoked but remains underdeveloped. The paper aims at showing its analytical relevance as a means of interpreting ongoing changes in policy approaches and for evaluating their ability to cope with environmental challenges. Four dimensions of responsibility are singled out: care, liability, accountability and responsiveness. The caring state has been overtaken, to a remarkable extent, by new arrangements centred on the expansion of liability and above all accountability, while responsiveness remains a rather neglected aspect. Such neglect represents a major reason for the debatable results of governance as regards environmental protection and the recovery of institutional and corporate legitimacy and social trust.

Responsibility and environmental governance

PELLIZZONI, LUIGI
2004

Abstract

In the debate on governance the concept of responsibility is frequently invoked but remains underdeveloped. The paper aims at showing its analytical relevance as a means of interpreting ongoing changes in policy approaches and for evaluating their ability to cope with environmental challenges. Four dimensions of responsibility are singled out: care, liability, accountability and responsiveness. The caring state has been overtaken, to a remarkable extent, by new arrangements centred on the expansion of liability and above all accountability, while responsiveness remains a rather neglected aspect. Such neglect represents a major reason for the debatable results of governance as regards environmental protection and the recovery of institutional and corporate legitimacy and social trust.
2004
Settore SPS/10 - Sociologia dell'Ambiente e del Territorio
responsibility; risk; uncertainty; environmental governance; liability; responsiveness; accountability
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