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Walter F. Baber

Deliberative Environmental Democracy (DED) has certain strengths that offer a realistic prospect for building effective global environmental governance out of democratically legitimate local environmental politics. This chapter explores DED’s strengths (and its inherent limitations) in greater detail. Based upon that account, it then identifies some of the most pressing challenges for DED research – both normative and practical – and the prospects for meeting those challenges. This, in turn, grounds conclusions about the long-term prospects for a form of environmental governance that is firmly rooted in local values and practices and yet carries the potential to address environmental problems globally.