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According to the published literature, for SEA to make a meaningful difference, it should be integrated into planning processes. Yet, in situations and contexts where the two processes appear to be disjointed, SEA could be applied upon conclusion of the plan-making process justifying decisions already made, or just before a decision can be made to comply with existing legal requirements. Where this is the case, then what is SEA really for?This paper aims to reflect on the usefulness of SEA, and explore whether a shift of focus from actual effectiveness to perceived effectiveness could help further legitimise the need for SEA. This is done by looking at SEA practice in Italy as a case-study, as the country’s diverse regional set-up presents situations in which SEA may appear to be avoided because perceived as not very useful or where SEA may appear to be functioning and actually effective.
Author(s): Gazzola P, Rinaldi A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Environmental Assessment Policy and Management
Print publication date: 19/12/2016
Online publication date: 19/12/2016
Acceptance date: 09/09/2016
Date deposited: 07/11/2016
ISSN (print): 1464-3332
ISSN (electronic): 1757-5605
Publisher: Imperial College Press
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