Catalonian citizens' perceptions on public and expert participation in water controversies

Juan C. Aceros, Francisco Tirado, Miquel Domènech

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Sustainable water management has become the focal point of a highly important issue in Spain. Citizens' participation in this controversy it is fundamental. Having carried out the analysis of several focus groups in six Catalonian cities (Spain), this study reflects on the perception of participating in discussions on water. Five actors mentioned in interviewees' discourse are presented: the «experts», the «affected», the «benefited», the «interested», and the «conscious». Then, the criteria permitting to identify among these actors those considered to be legitimate participants in hydrological controversies are examined.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-244
JournalPapers: Revista de Sociologia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • Hydrological policies
  • Public participation
  • Scientific and technological controversies
  • Social perception


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