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Representative democracy, empowered experts, and citizen participation: visions of green governing
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Centrum för Urbana och Regionala Studier (CUReS))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5322-4305
2013 (English)In: Environmental Politics, ISSN 0964-4016, E-ISSN 1743-8934, Vol. 22, no 6, p. 955-974Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Reforming democratic political systems to handle environmental problems is one of the key political challenges of our time. Here I analyse how local environmental officials in Sweden perceive the shortcomings of the current political system and what reforms they deem necessary to handle key environmental problems. While green political theory tends to focus on the need to deepen democracy through increased citizen participation, analysis of survey data shows that environmental officials, even though their perceptions of the current system’s shortcomings are similar to those presented in the theoretical literature, are more likely to argue for increased expert influence than for direct citizen participation. This result is not easily explained as officials seeking to expand their power, as environmental officials have more complex perceptions of their roles in democracy. The different visions of green professionals and green theory highlight the importance of deliberation on green democratic reforms, including the potentially undemocratic consequences of empowering experts.

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2013. Vol. 22, no 6, p. 955-974
Keywords [en]
green democracy, green political theory, environmental governing, environmental reforms, citizen participation, local government officials
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Political Science
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-29833DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2013.817760ISI: 000327371300005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-29833DiVA, id: diva2:633648
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Swedish Energy AgencyAvailable from: 2013-06-27 Created: 2013-06-27 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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