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Principles for social impact assessment: A critical comparison between the International and US documents

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Vanclay, FM, Principles for social impact assessment: A critical comparison between the International and US documents, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 26, (1) pp. 3-14. ISSN 0195-9255 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2005.05.002

Abstract

The "International Principles for Social Impact Assessment" and the "Principles and Guidelines for Social Impact Assessment in the USA", both developed under the auspices of the International Association for Impact Assessment and published in 2003, are compared. Major differences in the definition and approach to social impact assessment (SIA) are identified. The US Principles and Guidelines is shown to be positivist/technocratic while the International Principles is identified as being democratic, participatory and constructivist. Deficiencies in both documents are identified. The field of SIA is changing to go beyond the prevention of negative impacts, to include issues of building social capital, capacity building, good governance, community engagement and social inclusion.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards
Objective Field:Environmental Education and Awareness
Author:Vanclay, FM (Professor Francis Vanclay)
ID Code:30018
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:56
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2010-06-08
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