Deliberative Democracy and the Environment


Smith, Graham (2003) Deliberative Democracy and the Environment, Oxford, UK, Routledge, 176pp. (Environmental Politics).

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Contemporary democracies are frequently criticized for failing to respond adequately to environmental problems and our political institutions are often charged with misrepresenting environmental values in decision-making processes. In this innovative volume, Graham Smith argues that the enhancement and institutionalisation of democratic deliberation will improve reflection on the wide range of environmental values that citizens hold.
Drawing on theories of deliberative democracy, Smith argues that institutions need to be restructured in order to promote democratic dialogue and reflection on the plurality of environmental values.
Deliberative Democracy and the Environment makes an important contribution to our understanding of the relationship between democratic and green political theory. Drawing on evidence from Europe and the United States, it systematically engages with questions of institutional design. This book will be of interest to students and researchers in both environmental and democratic politics.

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 0415309395 (hardback)
0415309409 (paperback)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 34083
Date Deposited: 18 May 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:21
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/34083

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