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Ecology and Democracy

Edited By: Freya Mathews

248 pages, no illustrations

Frank Cass

Paperback | Dec 1996 | #89228 | ISBN: 0714642525
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About this book

What is the optimal political framework for environmental reform reform on a scale commensurate with the global ecological crisis? In particular, how adequate are liberal forms of parliamentary democracy to the challenge posed by this crisis? These are the questions pondered by the contributors to this volume. Exploration of the possibilities of democracy gives rise to certain common themes. These are the relation between ecological morality and political structures or procedures and the question of the structure of decision-making and distribution of information in political systems. The idea of 'democracy without traditional boundaries' is discussed as a key both to environmentalism in an age of global ecology and to the revitalisation of democracy itself in a world of increasingly protean constituencies and mutable boundaries.


Contents

Political and ecological communication, John S. Dryzek; towards a green world order - environment and world politics, Janna Thompson; power-trading and the environment, John Burnheim; community and the ecological self, Freya Mathews; environment, democracy and community, Ian Barns; has democracy failed ecology? an ecofeminist perspective, Val Plumwood; liberal democracy and the rights of nature - the struggle for inclusion, Robyn Eckersley; "monkeywrenching" and the processes of democracy, Robert Young; the greening of participatory democracy - reconsiderations of theory, Bronwyn M. Hayward.

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