In recent decades, environmental issues have increasingly been incorporated into liberal democratic thought and political practice. Environmentalism and ecologism have become fashionable, even respectable schools of political thought. This apparently successful integration of environmental movements, issues and ideas in mainstream politics raises the question of whether there is a future for what once was a counter-movement and counter-ideology. Liberal Democracy and Environmentalism provides a reflective assessment of recent developments, social relevance and future of environmental political theory, concluding that although the alleged pacification of environmentalism is more than skin deep, it is not yet quite deep enough. This book will appeal to students and researchers of social science and philosophers with an interest in environmental issues.
'This is a focused and innovative collection.' - Stewart Davidson in Political Studies Review
1. Introduction Yoram Levy and Marcel Wissenburg 2. The Role of Environmentalism Gayil Talshir Part 1: The Faces of Endism 3. Post-Ecologism and the Politics of Simulation Ingolfur Blühdorn 4. The End of Environmentalism (As We Know It) Yoram Levy 5. Little Green Lies Marcel Wissenburg Part 2: Democracy and Environmentalism 6. The End of Deep Ecology? - Not Quite Mike Mills and Fraser King 7. The Environment Versus Individual Freedom and Convenience Marius de Geus 8. Precaution, Scientization or Deliberation? Karin Bäckstrand Part 3: The Good and Green Society 9. Ecology, Democracy and Autonomy Mathew Humphrey 10. A Precautionary Approach Meira Hanson 11. Liberal Democracy and the Shaping of Environmentally Enlightened Citizens Graham Smith Part 4: Perspectives and Possibilities 12. Sustainability and Plurity Dorothee Horstkötter 13. The Minimum Irreversible Harm Principle Michael Wallack 14. From Environmental Politics to the Politics of the Environment John Barry 15. Conclusion Yoram Levy and Marcel Wissenburg