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Democracy and the Environment: A Radical Theory of Participation

Avner de‐Shalit

in The Environment Between Theory and Practice

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780199240388
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599033 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199240388.003.0006
 Democracy and the Environment: A Radical Theory of Participation

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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

Chapter.  20360 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environment

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