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Greening Civic Republicanism II: A Green Republican Economy, Sustainability Service, and Agonistic Politics

John Barry

in The Politics of Actually Existing Unsustainability

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199695393
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738982 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695393.003.0008
Greening Civic Republicanism II: A Green Republican Economy, Sustainability Service, and Agonistic Politics

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Continues the dialogue between green and republican political thinking through exploring specific issues such as citizenship and the organization and management of the economy. It explains why contemporary debt-based consumerism ought to be of more concern for modern republicans, and, a fortiori, for green republicans in terms of the threats inherent in such relations of asymmetrical power. This chapter develops and defends one specific green republican policy, namely the idea of ‘compulsory sustainability service’. This is motivated, in part, by eco-feminist concerns about the gender inequality that results from existing, necessary reproductive labour, and also as a way to realize active citizenship and the fair contribution of all to the project of reducing unsustainability as a common good. It then proceeds to outline how pluralism is accommodated with a green republican vision, through an examination of the agonistic democratic politics favoured by republicanism, here taking as a guiding thought the claim that republicanism favours contestation over consensus.

Keywords: green republicanism; debt-based consumerism; domination; compulsory sustainability service; gender equality; reproductive labour

Chapter.  18773 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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