Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance Seminar

Ecological Democracy: always greener on the other side?

Mon 20 February 2017 to Tue 21 February 2017Conveners: David Schlosberg (University of Sydney), Karin Backstrand (Stockholm University) and Jonathan Pickering (University of Canberra)Venue: University of Sydney, Australia

The role of democracy in the face of global environmental threats has been subject to intense scholarly debate over the past four decades. At times, ecological democracy has had a bright future ahead of it. Yet the ideal of ecological democracy continually faces challenges both to its conceptual foundations and to its practical realisation on national and global scales. This workshop will seek to focus on new considerations and directions for ecological democracy, while looking back to examine the impact and viability of its founding texts as well as empirical studies of the relationship between democracy and sustainability. The aim of the workshop is to critically explore the tensions and synergies between democracy and sustainability on local, national and global levels. The workshop will contribute to the work of the Task Force on the Conceptual Foundations of Earth System Governance, coordinated by the Earth System Governance Project. 

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Registration for the event is now closed. ‘The workshop will be accompanied by public event on 20 February: ‘Ecological Democracy – Looking Back, Looking Forward’.’

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