Chapter 8: Greening Democracy: A Defence of Critical Political Theory

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While there is no guarantee that democratic forms of government will embody a green ethos, this article argues that the best hope for environmental politics is the radicalisation and greening of democracy. The article surveys alternative models of green governance—ecoauthoritarianism, expert administrative rationalism, bioregionalism, ecoanarchism—and argues that critical political ecology best addresses the need for local, regional, state, and global action that is required to provide an adequate political voice for voiceless nature. To green our democracy, action is needed within civil society and government that transcends the concerns of traditional, narrowly understood anthropocentrism.

From Ego to Eco

Mapping Shifts from Anthropocentrism to Ecocentrism


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