Fulfilling the Promise of the Earth Charter
Edited by Peter Burdon, Klaus Bosselmann and Kirsten Engel
Chapter 13: The quest for democracy
This chapter engages Engel’s strong belief in democracy as one of the most important values in the life of humanity. It questions why democracy is still enjoying its undisputed place as the standard for legitimate political authority, despite the fact that most accepted present instantiations of democracy seem to have lost all their most significant characteristics. In answering this question, the chapter explores the meaning and content of democracy and links that to the future of global environmental ethics.
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