"In this book the procedural mechanism of environmental assessment is analysed. The author argues that notwithstanding is procedural nature, environmental assessment is highly material to the outcome of a decision. A major focus of this analysis is the enhanced role of the developer in shaping the outcome of a decision by assuming responsibility for providing information on which a decision will be based, in accordance with a broader agenda of expanding the roles and responsibilities of participants in environmental decision making." "The author draws upon several contemporary projects as case studies of assessment: a global port, an offshore windfarm, a flood defence strategy, policy and decision making in the European Commission, and a tourist development. In analysing these sites of decision making from a legal perspective, the author focusses upon the key determinants of environmental assessment discretion, the significance of environmental effects, alternative options, and participatory rights. Finally, the book looks to the future development of environmental assessment as an avenue for protest and, alternatively, as an expression of human rights concerns in environmental law."--Jacket.