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Climate Crisis and the Democratic ProspectParticipatory Governance in Sustainable Communities$
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Frank Fischer

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199594917

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199594917.001.0001

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Relocalization for Sustainable Communities: Participatory Ecological Practices and Theoretical Foundations

Relocalization for Sustainable Communities: Participatory Ecological Practices and Theoretical Foundations

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(p.224) 10 Relocalization for Sustainable Communities: Participatory Ecological Practices and Theoretical Foundations
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Climate Crisis and the Democratic Prospect
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Frank Fischer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199594917.003.0011

Not only does the return to localism make ecological sense on its own terms—given the shortages of energy, food, and many other resources—it also makes sense because small face-to-face groups have always been considered the basis for authentic participatory democracy. Indeed, independent of ecological crisis, a return to the local is good for democracy generally. What is more, there is an emerging and vibrant “relocalization” movement that can and should be built upon. Although it mostly flies under the radar, this movement not only seeks to develop a sustainable way of life, but it also constitutes an important anchor for holding on to and extending participatory democratic governance. After detailing the practices of relocalization, the chapter turns to theories that support it in the face of environmental crisis, in particular the theoretical contributions of Sale, Bookchin, and Bahro.

Keywords:   relocalization, global localism, participatory democracy, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, bioregionalism, eco-commune, Sale, Bookchin, Bahro

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