The green movement has posed some tough questions for traditional justifications of democracy. Should the natural world have rights? Can we take account of the interests of future generations? But questions have also been asked of the greens. Could their idealism undermine democracy? Can greens be effective democrats?
In this book some of the leading writers on green political thought analyze these questions, examining the discourse of green movements concerning democracy, the status of democracy within green political thought and the political institutions that might be necessary to ensure democracy in a sustainable society.
'These essays open out the whole area (of the debate over green politics) and present a balanced and informed discussion of the issues. It should provide resources for politicians as well as environmentalists, and also offer a general public increasingly anxious about the conditions for future generations reflections on possible ways of preserving and safeguarding life on our planet.' - - The Heythrop Journal
'This collection of essays is one of the most able and reflective among the plethora of writings devoted in the 1990s to developing green political thought.' - Environmental Values