Deliberative Democracy and Climate Governance

11 August 2011

The Sydney Demoracy Initiative and Sydney Political Theory Workshop present:

Professor John Dryzek, Australian National University

In environmental political theory and associated fields such as ecological economics, it is now widely accepted that deliberative governance ought to be able to promote both effective environmental performance and democratic legitimacy. But do these claims stand up in light of the reality of climate governance, currently so problematic at every level from the local to the global? Making reference to studies ranging from locally constituted citizen forums to global negotiations and networks, John Dryzek will claim that the theoretical arguments for deliberative democracy can be sustained when it comes to climate governance. The idea of a deliberative system proves crucial. Implications will be drawn for the content of rhetoric that can reach skeptics when climate science cannot.

John Dryzek is Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and professor of political science at the Australian National University. Recent books includeFoundations and Frontiers of Deliberative Governance(Oxford University Press, 2010) andThe Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society(Oxford University Press, 2011, co-edited with David Schlosberg and Richard Norgaard).

Time: 3-5pm

Location: Western Tower room, The Quadrangle, University of Sydney

Cost: FREE, no bookings required

Contact: Kate Mayor

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