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Climate crisis and the democratic prospect : participatory governance in sustainable communities / Frank Fischer.

By: Fischer, Frank,, 1942- author.
Call number: GE170 F53 2017 Material type: TextTextPublisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2017Description: xii, 328 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780199594917 ; 9780199594924Subject(s): Climatic changes -- Political aspects | Environmental policy | Environmental justice | Sustainable development | Sustainability -- Political aspects | DemocracyDDC classification: 363.7 Summary: Can contemporary democratic governments tackle climate crisis? Some argue that democracy has to be a central part of a strategy to deal with climate change. Others argue that experience shows it not to be up to the challenge in the time frame available-that it will require a stronger hand, even a form of eco-authoritarianism. A question that does not lend itself to an easy assessment, this volume seeks to out and assess the competing answers. While the book supports the case for environmental democracy, it argues that establishing and sustaining democratic practices will be difficult during the global climate turmoil ahead, especially in the face of state of emergencies. This inquiry undertakes a search for an appropriate political-ecological strategy for preserving a measure of democratic governance during hard times. Without ignoring the global dimensions of the crisis, the analysis finds an alternative path in the theory and practices participatory environmental governance embodied in a growing relocalization movement, and global eco-localism generally.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [287]-316) and index.

Can contemporary democratic governments tackle climate crisis? Some argue that democracy has to be a central part of a strategy to deal with climate change. Others argue that experience shows it not to be up to the challenge in the time frame available-that it will require a stronger hand, even a form of eco-authoritarianism. A question that does not lend itself to an easy assessment, this volume seeks to out and assess the competing answers. While the book supports the case for environmental democracy, it argues that establishing and sustaining democratic practices will be difficult during the global climate turmoil ahead, especially in the face of state of emergencies. This inquiry undertakes a search for an appropriate political-ecological strategy for preserving a measure of democratic governance during hard times. Without ignoring the global dimensions of the crisis, the analysis finds an alternative path in the theory and practices participatory environmental governance embodied in a growing relocalization movement, and global eco-localism generally.

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