On legitimacy in impact assessment: an epistemologically-based conceptualisation

  title={On legitimacy in impact assessment: an epistemologically-based conceptualisation},
  author={Alan Bond and Jenny Pope and François Pieter Retief and Angus Morrison-Saunders},
  journal={Environmental Impact Assessment Review},
Impact assessment (IA) is carried out as an ex ante process to inform decision-making. It includes requirements for engagement with stakeholders (including the public) regarding actions proposed by a proponent. A key issue with the various stakeholders involved is the perceived legitimacy of the IA, which can have implications both for the reputation of the proponent, and the likelihood of conflict over the decision. But the understanding of legitimacy in the IA literature has changed over time… Expand
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