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Citizens' participation in IA of climate change highlights uneasy relationships between democracy and expert knowledge's. Based on empirical material gathered through in-depth groups and citizens panels, paper explores some challenges and opportunities of qualitative and comparative research and similarities and differences in citizens environmental assessment in two European cities. This reveals general willingness to participate, albeit conditional, despite initial scepticism and interrogation about objectives. During the process, participants in both cities show broad contextual understanding of uncertainties and complexities, how important interpersonal skills between lay and expert publics are and that precaution should always apply in case of uncertainties.

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Bibliographic Reference: Article: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, (1999)
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