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Governing Climate Technologies: Is there Room for Democracy?

Hayley Stevenson

Environmental Values 22 (2013): 567-587. doi: 10.3197/096327113X13745164553752


Technologies for mitigating and adapting to climate change are inherently political. Their development, diffusion and deployment will have uneven impacts within and across national borders. Bringing the governance of climate technologies under democratic control is imperative but impeded by the global scale of governance and its polycentric nature. This article draws on innovative theorising in the deliberative democracy tradition to map possibilities for global democratic governance of climate technologies. It is argued that this domain is not beyond the reach of democracy. Civil society has a unique and expanded role to play in generating democratic legitimacy by fostering public deliberation; translating and transmitting concepts, ideas and messages; and promoting and facilitating deliberative accountability.


Climate change, technology, democracy, global governance, civil society

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Climate Change and the Convergence between ENGOs and Business: On the Loss of Utopian Energies. Jonas Anshelm and Anders Hansson

Re-Thinking the Unthinkable: Environmental Ethics and the Presumptive Argument Against Geoengineering Christopher J. Preston

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Equity, Ethics and Evidence in Environmental Governance. Claudia Carter

Geographers Versus Managers: Expert Influence on the Construction of Values Underlying Flood Insurance in the United States. Emmy Bergsma

Participation(s) in Transnational Environmental Governance: Green Values Versus Instrumental Use. Ayşem Mert

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