Title page for ETD etd-052199-105953

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Flanery, Trevor H.
URN etd-052199-105953
Title Water and Power: The Environmental Politics of a Virginia Reservoir
Degree Master of Science
Department Geography
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Toal, Gerard Committee Chair
Browder, John O. Committee Member
Luke, Timothy W. Committee Member
  • environmental ethics
  • environmental discourse
  • subpolitics
  • risk society
  • environmental politics
  • ecological civil society
Date of Defense 1999-04-30
Availability unrestricted
This thesis attempts to problematize the power relations in environmental administration and decision making through the analytical lens of environmental discourse and ethics. It argues that developments in environmental politics reveal a marked increase in democratic involvement through an emerging ecological civil society as reflected in the case study of the proposed King William Reservoir in Virginia. An ecological civil society could become the leaders and educators in communities to develop the expertise needed for responsible democratic participation in environmental decision making at the local level. As reflected in the case study, however, official political marginalization and exclusion of the public are continued features of federal and state environmental processes and structures. These processes and structures should be re-formed to include new democratic elements which would increase local control and responsibility for environmental transformations, and reduce conflicts overall.
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