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- DescriptionThis collective work provides a reflexive reading of environmental democracy as a new method of governance of the contemporary ecological issues that declining biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development present. The authors examine the links between the environment and democracy by questioning the status of actors, the manner of their involvement, the various ways of mobilising kwledge and the mechanisms of dialogue and decision-making based on study cases observed in different national contexts (Italy, France, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, Canada and Brazil). This international approach sheds light on the means of appropriation of environmental democracy on a local level and its ability to promote universal characteristics or to standardise the connection to the environment and politics. The originality of this work comes, among other things, from its transversality, associating texts with differing theoretical outlooks and methodology in an invative way. Through this perspective on-going processes of redefining environmental problems are revealed via the prisms of risks and uncertainty, thus assigning them a new role in aiding decision-making in a sociology that is in turn critical and committed.
- Author BiographyCecilia Claeys, Associate Professor at the Aix-Marseille University, is a member of the LPED (Laboratoire Population Environnement et Developpement). Her researches focus on participative democracy and socio-technical controversies surrounding environmental and risk issues. As such, they raise in particular the question of the strength of the link and the trust between forums (involving experts, activists and stakeholders) and the general public (communities, users, etc.). Marie Jacque, Associate Professor at the Aix-Marseille University, is a member of the LPED. Her area of study covers the changes in citizen commitment, as shown by the rise of discourses and social practices defined as ecocitizen ones. Her analyses focus on the diffusion of a new framework of environmental knowledge, as well as how it has spread into governmental policies, especially those in relation to nature and natural resources management.
- PublisherEuropean Interuniversity Press
- Date of Publication30/10/2012
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleEcopolis
- Series Part/Volume Number16
- Country of PublicationBelgium
- First Published2012
- ImprintEuropean Interuniversity Press
- Weight280 g
- Width150 mm
- Height220 mm
- Edited byCecilia Claeys,Marie Jacque
- Edition StatementNew edition
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