Global Democracy and Earth System Governance

John Dryzek, Hayley Stevenson

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The issue of climate change confirms the global reach of earth system governance, whose legitimacy and effectiveness could gain from democratisation. While electoral democracy as practised in states provides no model for global democracy, lessons drawn from the performance and history of states prove helpful in identifying the elements that a well functioning ecological democracy ought to strive for. We capture these elements through reference to the idea of a deliberative system, and show how the idea of such a system can be used to analyse, evaluate, and provide prescriptions for the global governance of climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1865-1874
Number of pages10
JournalEcological Economics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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