Governing Biodiversity through Democratic Deliberation  book cover
1st Edition

Governing Biodiversity through Democratic Deliberation

ISBN 9780415732185
Published May 13, 2015 by Routledge
338 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book discusses political controversies involved in global biodiversity policy, and the practical opportunities that are opened up in solving them through increased citizen participation and democratic deliberation. It examines the emerging practice of deliberative global governance and its political consequences.

The collection focuses on the intersection of global biodiversity policy and the promise of deliberative democracy. In doing so, it examines how new discursive logics emerge in global citizen deliberation that might destabilize the impasses encountered in biodiversity negotiations, how a "global citizens’ voice" emerges in deliberative processes despite the dominance of national institutions in the lives of those citizens, the most effective and innovative ways to amplify the results of large-scale deliberations to policy makers and broader audiences, and how future citizen deliberations can be designed to make them fair, feasible and consequential processes, in general and for biodiversity issues in particular.

This highly original contribution to the field provides theoretical discussions, empirical analyses and local experiences of biodiversity policy, making it an invaluable resource for students and scholars of environmental politics, governance and sociology, particularly those interested in deliberative democracy, citizen participation and biodiversity.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction 1. Understanding the Demand for Global Citizen Deliberation on Biodiversity Policy  2. WWViews on Biodiversity – New Methodological Developments and Ambitions  Part 2 Global Biodiversity Policy Perspectives  3. The Variegated Landscape of Biodiversity Policy  4. Preserving Biodiversity in the European Union  5. Biodiversity and Sustainability in Nepal: A Role for Deliberation?  Part 3 Constructing A Global Citizen's Voice  6. Constructing the ‘Citizen’ in Global Deliberations  7. The Role of Gender in Global Citizen Deliberation  8. A Mutual Learning Approach to WWViews  9. Bridging Global-Local Knowledge Gaps in Public Deliberation  Part 4 The Art of Amplification  10. Media Strategy and Networks at the Margins of Biodiversity Governance  11. Amplifying Deliberative Results to Access Policy Networks: The Role of Informal Science Education Institutions   Part 5 Reflective Institutional Design 12. ‘Mini-publics’, Competence and Reliable Decisions  13. Standardizing Heterogeneity: Negotiating Designs for Transnational Citizen Engagement  14. The Circulation of Ideas: A Discursive Deliberative Knowledge System for biodiversity policy  Part 6 Conclusions  15. Global Citizen Deliberation – A Long Shot toward Sustainable Biodiversity Policy?  

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Mikko Rask is adjunct Professor and senior researcher at University of Helsinki, Finland

Richard Worthington is Professor at Pomona College, California, USA