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Climate Crisis and the Democratic Prospect: Participatory Governance in Sustainable Communities

Frank Fischer


Can contemporary democratic governments tackle climate crisis? Some say that democracy has to be a central part of a strategy to deal with climate change. Others say 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. This work seeks to sort out and assess the competing answers to a question that is not easily resolved. While the book supports the case for environmental democracy, it argues that establishing and sustaining democratic practices will be difficult during the global climate tu ... More

Keywords: climate change, crisis, eco-authoritarianism, democracy, relocalization, ecovillage, environmental political theory

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199594917
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199594917.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank Fischer, author
Professor Emeritus of Politics and Global Affairs, Rutgers University, USA

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Part I Climate Change, Crisis and the Future of Democracy: Setting the Stage

Part II Democratic Prospects in the Face of Climate Crisis

Part III Environmental Democracy as Participatory Governance

Part IV Making Theory Matter: From Resilience to Eco-Localism and Participatory Governance

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