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The Future of Democracy in the Face of Climate Change

Author: Halina Ward & Anandini Yoganathan
Organisation: Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development
Publish Date: March 2010
Country: Global
Sector: Democracy & Governance, Legal & Civic Rights
Method: Foresight
Theme: Climate Change
Type: Other publication
Language: English
Tags: Democracy, Governance, Climate Change, Sustainable Development

Democracy is the central concern of our work on ‘the future of democracy in the face of climate change’. But democracy is a contested term, so a review of existing definitions of democracy and associated concepts is a necessary baseline for our work. In carrying out such a review however, we must acknowledge that neither the past nor the present are sufficient guides for the future.

This is the second paper in our project on ‘the future of democracy in the face of climate change’. It highlights a range of definitional approaches to ‘democracy’ and describes some of their underlying assumptions or core concerns. We briefly review some of the relationships between these approaches and dilemmas at the heart of the relationship between democracy and climate change, which were highlighted in Paper One.


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