Defining Landscape Democracy
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Defining Landscape Democracy

A Path to Spatial Justice

Edited by Shelley Egoz, Karsten Jørgensen and Deni Ruggeri

This stimulating book explores theories, conceptual frameworks, and cultural approaches with the purpose of uncovering a cross-cultural understanding of landscape democracy, a concept at the intersection of landscape, democracy and spatial justice. The authors of Defining Landscape Democracy address a number of questions that are critical to the contemporary discourse on the right to landscape: Why is democracy relevant to landscape? How do we democratise landscape? How might we achieve landscape and spatial justice?
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Chapter 4: Exploring the concept of ‘democratic landscape’

Benedetta Castiglioni and Viviana Ferrario

Abstract

The chapter explores the concept of ‘democratic landscape’ as a frame to interpret the processes underlying the landscape appearance, focusing in particular on the level of democracy embodied in a landscape. According to our understanding, this concept allows us to observe not only procedural democracy in decision-making concerning landscape, but also the whole landscape construction process and the substantive democracy of its results, including the roles and interests of different social actors. The chapter discusses the extent to which landscape can reflect substantive landscape democracy, and advances a preliminary set of questions which should be taken into account when dealing with social aspects of landscape, and which could be applied as benchmarks in different landscape studies.

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