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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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Environmental Democracy and Ecological Citizenship: From Theoretical Ideals to Practical Alternatives?

Environmental Democracy and Ecological Citizenship: From Theoretical Ideals to Practical Alternatives?

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(p.89) 4 Environmental Democracy and Ecological Citizenship: From Theoretical Ideals to Practical Alternatives?
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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/9780199594917.003.0005

This chapter turns to the question of environment and democracy. It takes up two themes in environmental political thought: ecological citizenship and environmental democracy. Not only are these interrelated theoretical orientations advanced by environmental political theorists to counter the kinds of technocratic eco-authoritarianism discussed in the two previous chapters, they are presented as essential foundations of a sustainable way of life. The future of democratic governance in view of the climate crisis is thus seen to depend on the viability of the environmental democratic challenge. The discussion supports the premises of environmental democracy, but points to a pressing need to give more attention to the relationship of this theory to the realities of political power and the limited time frame now available for achieving such a challenging societal eco-transformation. The chapter approaches this through an examination of the literature on deliberative environmental democracy, ecological citizenship, citizen juries, and deliberative systems.

Keywords:   environmental democracy, ecological citizenship, deliberative democracy, citizen juries, consensus conferences, deliberative system, deliberative policy analysis

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