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Impure Procedural Justice in Climate Governance Systems

Marco Grasso and Simona Sacchi

Environmental Values 24 (2015): 777-798. doi: 10.3197/096327115X14420732702699


Climate change governance is extremely challenging because of both the intrinsic difficulty of the issues at stake and the plurality of values and worldviews. For these reasons, the ethical concerns that characterise climate change should also be meaningfully addressed through a specific version of procedural justice. Accordingly, in this article we adopt an impure notion of procedural justice. On this theoretical basis, we define relevant fairness criteria and contextualise them for climate governance systems. Then, we empirically justify fairness criteria against a critical and divisive element for the future governance of the Green Climate Fund, i.e., the no-objection procedure. The article concludes with some considerations prompted by the analysis.


Climate change, fairness criteria, governance systems, impure procedural justice

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Conceptions of Value in Environmental Decision-Making John O'Neill and Clive L. Spash

Justice for the Environment: Developing a Set of Indicators of Environmental Justice for Scotland. Helan Todd and Christos Zografos

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Editorial: Climate of Arrogance, Disengagement and Injustice Simon Hailwood

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