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Climate Crisis and the Democratic ProspectParticipatory Governance in Sustainable Communities$
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Frank Fischer

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199594917

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199594917.001.0001

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Ecological Crisis and Climate Change: From States of Emergency to “Fortress World”?

Ecological Crisis and Climate Change: From States of Emergency to “Fortress World”?

(p.21) 1 Ecological Crisis and Climate Change: From States of Emergency to “Fortress World”?
Climate Crisis and the Democratic Prospect

Frank Fischer

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the possible futures associated with climate change, in particular the ecological crisis it will bring for many people around the planet. It does this with a special focus on the political challenges that will accompany this crisis, especially as they relate to democratic politics. It asks how states will manage, and in some cases even survive, in the face of a very serious or catastrophic social-ecological crisis. Toward this end, it examines the long history of a crisis orientation in environmentalism generally, with an emphasis on climate change as the example par excellence. It then examines the worst-case scenarios, including the concept of “fortress world.” It concludes with a discussion of environmental security, the role of the military during the crisis, and the politics of “survivalism.”

Keywords:   environmental crisis, worst-case scenario, environmental security, authoritarianism, tragedy of the commons, survivalism

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