A Cooperative Research on the governance of radioactive waste management


Latest addition – Thursday 8 February 2007.

This diagram shows how a cooperative research process (like CIP) may help move towards a more inclusive mode of governance in the countries where it is applied.

The cooperative research process is limited in time. It is embedded in the larger, actual RWM governance process that started before and will continue afterwards.

The process helps to level out the differences in power, knowledge and resources that are commonly found among players interested in RWM governance. The organizers (stakeholder group facilitators) and task force of specialists offer tools to support learning.

Participants try out a democratic system of relations while they identify and investigate issues of common concern. They frame the issues in a way that takes into account the values of the various players – including ‘new’ players from civil society and local communities. These players can gain a strategic position that may allow them to continue to make their voice heard after the investigation process is over.

Looking back over the cooperative process in a ‘self-reflective’ analysis helps participants to identify the methods and rules that they want to translate into ongoing governance procedures. The understanding gained through the entire process can help to transform the permanent features of local, national or European governance.

Overall, the cooperative research process looks to transform RWM governance durably by reinforcing the players’ democratic culture, by offering new, inclusive issue framings, and by fostering the empowerment of new categories of players from civil society.

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