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Should Ecological Citizenship Advocates Praise the Green State?

Carme Melo-Escrihuela

Environmental Values 24 (2015): 321-344. doi: 10.3197/096327115X14273714154539


This article focuses on the relationship between ecological citizenship and the green state and asks whether it is a productive one. First, I examine the political system of an ideal ecological state to assess how it could encourage ecological citizenship. Then, I turn my attention to how eco-states might emerge and be sustained, and the obstacles they may encounter. I show that the green state has a strong potential to develop ecological citizenship, albeit with a rather narrow focus on its deliberative dimension. However, my main point is that this potential may not be fully realised because the green state is grounded on a postliberal ecological democracy and an ecologically modernised economy. Since the green state cannot avoid the problems arising from the nexus between liberal democracy and capitalism, I claim that it is not the most appropriate locus for the cultivation of ecological citizenship.


Ecological citizenship, green state, ecological democracy, liberalism, capitalism

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Deliberation on GMOs: A Study of How a Citizens' Jury Affects the Citizens' Attitudes. Marianne Aasen and Arild Vatn

Social Practice and the Evolution of Personal Environmental Values. Sarah Hards

Individual Guilt or Collective Progressive Action? Challenging the Strategic Potential of Environmental Citizenship Theory. Rasmus Karlsson

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Democratic and Practical Engagements with Environmental Values. Alex Loftus

Ecological Democracy, Just Transitions and a Political Ecology of Design. Damian F. White

Towards a New Ecological Democracy: A Critical Evaluation of the Deliberation Paradigm Within Green Political Theory. Matthew Lepori

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