Democracy and the environment: problems and prospects

Edward Elgar, 1996 - 276 pagina's
Democracy and the Environment brings together an impressive array of authors who are well known and influential within environmental politics and policy making. These include Andrew Dobson, Timothy O Riordan, John Dryzek, Robert Paehlke and Daniel J. Fiorino, amongst others. . . . This is an excellent collection and the variety of approaches taken by the different authors means that it will be of interest both for teaching and for research purposes. G. Smith, Environment and Planning B This book will be of considerable interest both to political theorists and to analysts of public policy. It is a coherent volume which manages to successfully integrate theoretical and empirical questions. Wyn Grant, University of Warwick, UK This commendable book taps into a rich vein of democratic processes and the centrality of environmental issues to the broader polity. I suspect I am not alone in feeling that the long overdue resurgence of British local government could also derive from these very sources. Paul Selman, Local Government Studies A complex relationship exists between democratic politics and the management of the environment. Democracy and the Environment presents major new work on the challenges and dilemmas which environmental problems pose for the processes of democratic politics. The relationship between environmental values and goals and democratic theory and practice is explored through original essays by established scholars whose conclusions are then integrated by the editors into a concluding essay. This major book illustrates and analyses the many ways in which environmental problems pose difficulties for democratic decision-makers. Environmental problems impact across established regional and national boundaries, and involve complex social processes, intricate patterns of loss and gain, and time scales which do not synchronise with electoral political systems. The essays in Democracy and the Environment reflect critically upon the experience of democratic states, explore the contradiction between popular participation and environmental management, and consider the kind of reforms needed to enhance the capacity of democratic systems to handle environmental problems. Focusing on the democratic process and combining theoretical and empirical analysis with discussion of the pragmatic implications, the authors present constructive criticism and analysis which seeks to encourage more effective environmental decision making and the promotion of global sustainable development.

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