Normative aspects of adaptation

The governance of adaptation requires monitoring, planning, regulation, decision-making and distribution systems, dispute resolution and juridical review. All of those are founded nominally on the public interest, but the concept of ‘public interest’ is not unproblematic. Principles and norms offer legitimacy for the government to take measures, provide compensation, use regulatory or economic instruments and to protect all kinds of rights. Societal consensus on the public interest is based on approved laws, rules and plans and is nowadays often combined with a deontic (or a rule and norm-based) concept in which plans, decisions et cetera are judged by their ethical content and a rights-based approach. This approach has both substantive (human dignity, equal treatment and property rights) and procedural (fairness or due process, sound administration and transparency, and public participation) aspects. At the same time there is a revival of elements of both a utilitarianism approach, e.g. aggregating individual preferences and the use of a cost-benefit analysis as an example of welfare economics as well as a dialogical approach in which the public interest is a result of an interactive process among concerned stakeholders and affected parties. Conceptual papers that discuss normative frameworks that can underpin the governance of adaptation, and papers that empirically probe the meaning and effects of such principles are welcomed.

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23 March 09:00-10:45 session

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