On one day in 2009, in thirty-eight countries around the world, 4,000 ordinary citizens gathered to discuss the future of climate policy. This project, 'WWViews', was the first-ever global democratic deliberation – an attempt to enable ordinary people to reach informed decisions on and impact the global policy process.
This book – which analyzes the experiences and lessons from this ground-breaking event – marks the beginning of a new kind of democratic politics, providing practical lessons on how to increase the impact of global deliberation projects within the media and on official policy processes. The authors explore important themes for participatory approaches from the local to the global:
The global aims of the 'WWViews project', along with the opportunity to evaluate the same process in different national and cultural contexts, makes this a hugely valuable and informative study for all those interested in democratic deliberation and environmental governance from the small to the international scale.
Preface. Introduction Part 1 1. Toward a New Concept of Global Governance 2. The Story of WWViews Part 2 Understanding the Trend of International Deliberation 3. The Creation of a Global Voice for Citizens – The Case of Denmark 4. Crossing Boundaries with Deliberation: But, Where Are We Going? Part 3 Evaluating the WWViews Process and Results 5. Deliberating or Voting? Results of the Process Evaluation of German WWViews 6. Reflecting a Citizen Consultation Project from a Technology Assessment Perspective the Case of Austria 7. Consumerism and Citizenship in the Context of Climate Change Part 4 Discussing Cultural Variation and Local Engagement of Expertise 8. Representativeness and the Politics of Inclusion: Insights from WWViews Canada 9. WWViews in the Global South: Evidence from India 10. Linking Citizen Participation and Education in Sciences The Case of Uruguay 11. Adapting Citizen Consultation in a Small Island Context The Case of Saint Lucia Part 5 Studying Policy and Media Impacts 12. WWViews and Lobbying in Finnish Climate Politics 13. Political Influence in the Context of Australian WWViews 14. Seeking the Spotlight: WWViews and the U.S. Media Context Part 5 Conclusions 15. Deliberative Global Governance: Next Steps in an Emerging Practice. List of Abbreviations . Appendix 1. Comparison of International Deliberations. List of Contributors