Climate Crisis and the Democratic Prospect: Participatory Governance in Sustainable Communities by Frank FischerClimate Crisis and the Democratic Prospect: Participatory Governance in Sustainable Communities by Frank Fischer

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

byFrank Fischer

Paperback | July 15, 2017

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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 appropriatepolitical-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 relocalizationmovement, and global eco-localism generally. Although such movements largely operate under the radar of the social sciences, the media and the political realm generally, these vibrant socio-ecological movements not only speak to the crisis ahead, but are already well established and thriving on theground, including ecovillages, eco-communes, eco-neighborhoods, and local transition initiatives. With the help of these ideas and projects, the task is to influence the discourse of environmental political theory in ways that can be of assistance to those who will face climate crisis in its fullmagnitude.
Professor Frank Fischer has been Distinguished Professor of Politics and Global Affairs at Rutgers University and is currently Senior Faculty Fellow at the University of Kassel in Germany and Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Environmental Policy Research at the Free University of Berlin. He has published 15 books on public p...
Title:Climate Crisis and the Democratic Prospect: Participatory Governance in Sustainable CommunitiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pagesPublished:July 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199594929

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Climate Change, Crisis and the Future of Democracy: Setting the Stage1. Ecological Crisis and Climate Change: From State of Emergency to 'Fortress World'?2. Democracy at Risk: Citizen Environmentalism and the Technocratic Challenge3. Technocratic Strategy as Central Steering: From Sustainable Development to Transition ManagementPart II: Democratic Prospects in Face of Climate Crisis4. Democratic Environmental Participation and Ecological Citizenship: From Theoretical Ideas to Practical Alternatives?5. The Green State as Environmental Democracy? Political Power, Globalization. and Post-DemocracyPart III: Environmental Democracy as Participatory Governance6. Participatory Environmental Governance: Citizens, Civil Society, and Collaborative Expertise7. Participatory Forestry and the Community Forest Movement in Nepal: Deliberative Politics and Participatory Policy Expertise8. Participatory Environmental Governance: The Global Ecovillage MovementPart IV: Making Theory Matter: From Resilience to Eco-Localism and Participatory Governance9. Urban Sustainability, Eco-Cities, and Transition Towns: Resilience Theory as Apolitical Practice10. Relocalization for Sustainable Communities: Participatory Ecological Practices and Theoretical Foundations11. Democracy, Sustainability, and Participatory Environmental Governance: Toward Theory for Hard TimesConclusion