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Rejecting Eco-Authoritarianism, Again

Dan Coby Shahar

Environmental Values 24 (2015): 345-366. doi: 10.3197/096327114X13947900181996


Ecologically-motivated authoritarianism flourished initially during the 1970s but largely disappeared after the decline of socialism in the late-1980s. Today, 'eco-authoritarianism' is beginning to reassert itself, this time modelled not after the Soviet Union but modern-day China. The new eco-authoritarians denounce central planning but still suggest that governments should be granted powers that free them from subordination to citizens' rights or democratic procedures. I argue that current eco-authoritarian views do not present us with an attractive alternative to market liberal democracy even if we take a highly pessimistic view of our shared prospects under the latter sort of regime.


Eco-authoritarianism, democracy and the environment, liberalism and the environment, authoritarianism and the environment, ecological crisis

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