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Taking deliberation seriously: institutional design and green politics

Smith, Graham (2001) Taking deliberation seriously: institutional design and green politics. Environmental Politics, 10 (3). pp. 72-93. ISSN 0964-4016

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/714000562

Abstract

Deliberative democracy appears to be having a profound influence on contemporary green political theory. This article initially explores the growing fascination with democratic deliberation before raising the question of the implications for the shape of political institutions. Although both green and deliberative literatures are heavily committed to enhanced citizen participation, neither has systematically engaged with the task of institutional design. Three possible 'models' of deliberative institutions are analysed: mediation, citizen forums and referendum and initiative. Such institutional forms could be more extensively employed whether as part of a green politics of reform or as the basis for political institutions of a more radical sustainable society.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
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