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The Environment Between Theory and Practice$
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Avner de-Shalit

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199240388

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199240388.001.0001

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Democracy and the Environment: A Radical Theory of Participation

Democracy and the Environment: A Radical Theory of Participation

(p.130) 5 Democracy and the Environment: A Radical Theory of Participation
The Environment Between Theory and Practice

Avner de‐Shalit

Oxford University Press

What sort of democracy is more likely to sustain environment‐friendly policies? Unlike a number of recent works that have praised representative democracy as the optimal form of democracy for the environment, it is argued that the more deliberative and participatory the democracy the more environment friendly it will be. It is shown that many environmental activists support such conclusions.

Keywords:   deliberative democracy, environmental activism, environmental policies, majority rule, participatory democracy, representative democracy

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