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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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Participatory Environmental Governance: Civil Society, Citizen Engagement, and Participatory Policy Expertise

Participatory Environmental Governance: Civil Society, Citizen Engagement, and Participatory Policy Expertise

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(p.137) 6 Participatory Environmental Governance: Civil Society, Citizen Engagement, and Participatory Policy Expertise
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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/9780199594917.003.0007

In search of a more practical approach to environmental democracy, the theory and practice of participatory governance are presented as an alternative that can incorporate key elements of environmental deliberative democracy but at the same time speaks more specifically to ongoing political practices. The chapter first surveys the rise of governance and its emergence in environmental politics. It then examines the claims for governance, in particular a more democratic form of governance, participatory governance. Several concrete examples from Brazil (participatory budgeting), India (people’s planning), and Nepal (community forestry) are briefly sketched, including new models of participatory expertise that have emerged with them. Grounded in real-world political struggles against hierarchy and injustice, participatory governance is seen to address the sorts of conflicts that climate change will increasingly usher in.

Keywords:   participatory governance, civil society, sustainability, environmental governance, empowered participatory governance, collaborative expertise, Brazil, India, Nepal

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