Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy
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Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy

Edited by David M. Konisky

A comprehensive analysis of diverse areas of scholarly research on U.S. environmental policy and politics, this Handbook looks at the key ideas, theoretical frameworks, empirical findings and methodological approaches to the topic. Leading environmental policy scholars emphasize areas of emerging research and opportunities for future enquiry.
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Chapter 29: Deliberative democracy and the environment: flipping the script to think locally and act globally?

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.

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