Democracy and ecological governance – a balancing act

Lennart J. Lundqvist

in Sweden and Ecological Governance

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780719069024
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700549 | DOI:
Democracy and ecological governance – a balancing act

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This chapter highlights the importance of achieving the right balance between democracy and ecological governance. It explains that while ecological governance for sustainability must profoundly affect all and everyone in order to be successful, it cannot achieve legitimacy without offering each and everyone a possibility to participate in the formation and implementation of such governance. This chapter discusses ways by which democratic participation could be promoted and individual autonomy safeguarded in a system of governance geared towards ecological sustainability. It characterizes the formal ecological governance in Sweden as an open political process which provides common access to information and safeguards individual rights and freedom of choice.

Keywords: democracy; ecological governance; legitimacy; democratic participation; individual autonomy; ecological sustainability; Sweden; individual rights; freedom of choice

Chapter.  10806 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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