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Environmental Politics and Deliberative Democracy

Examining the Promise of New Modes of Governance Edited by Karin Bäckstrand, Professor, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, Jamil Khan, Assistant Professor, Environmental and Energy Systems Studies, Lund University, Annica Kronsell, Associate Professor in Political Science, Lund University and Eva Lövbrand, Associate Professor, Department of Thematic Studies: Environmental Change, Linköping University, Sweden
Can new modes of governance, such as public–private partnerships, stakeholder consultations and networks, promote effective environmental policy performance as well as increased deliberative and participatory quality? This book argues that in academic inquiry and policy practice there has been a deliberative turn, manifested in a revitalized interest in deliberative democracy coupled with calls for novel forms of public–private governance. By linking theory and practice, the contributors critically examine the legitimacy and effectiveness of new modes of governance, using a range of case studies on climate, forestry, water and food safety policies from local to global levels.
Extent: 256 pp
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Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84844 954 1
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Can new modes of governance, such as public–private partnerships, stakeholder consultations and networks, promote effective environmental policy performance as well as increased deliberative and participatory quality? This book argues that in academic inquiry and policy practice there has been a deliberative turn, manifested in a revitalized interest in deliberative democracy coupled with calls for novel forms of public–private governance. By linking theory and practice, the contributors critically examine the legitimacy and effectiveness of new modes of governance, using a range of case studies on climate, forestry, water and food safety policies from local to global levels.

Environmental Politics and Deliberative Democracy will appeal to scholars, both advanced undergraduate and postgraduate, as well as researchers of environmental politics, international relations, environmental studies and political science. It will also interest practitioners involved in the actual design and implementation of new governance modes in areas of sustainable development, food safety, forestry and climate change.
‘This book offers a rare, critical examination of the “promise” that new modes of governance – soft, flexible and collaborative – will counteract deficits in governance, legitimacy and implementation. The book is frames by a careful and scholarly review across three intersecting disciplines: green politics; deliberative democracy; and governance theory. . . . The book is clearly argued, usefully interdisciplinary and accessible without too much jargon. The case studies are interesting and relvant to the theory. . . The book provides a fascinating challenge to the normative view of the value of deliberation and new modes of governance in environmental and sustainability policy development and implementation. Scholars might like to read it in conjunction with the range of cases that provide stronger empirical evidence in support of the “promise”.’
– Laura Stocker, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management

‘This important new book provides an excellent critical evaluation of new modes of governance in environmental and sustainability policy. The multidisciplinary team of contributors combines fresh insights from all levels of governance – all around a carefully crafted conceptual framework – to advance our understanding of the effectiveness and legitimacy of new types of steering, including networks, public–private partnerships, and multi-stakeholder dialogues. This is a crucial contribution to the field.’
– Frank Biermann, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Contributors: K. Bäckstrand, B. Bengtsson, L. Hagberg, R. Hildingsson, G. Holmberg, J. Khan, M. Klintman, A. Kronsell, E. Lövbrand, P. Schlyter, I. Stjernquist, J. Stripple
Contents:

Preface

PART I: THEORIZING THE PROMISE OF NEW MODES OF GOVERNANCE
1. The Promise of New Modes of Environmental Governance
Karin Bäckstrand, Jamil Khan, Annica Kronsell and Eva Lövbrand

2. Rationalities and Forms of Governance: A Framework for Analysing the Legitimacy of New Modes of Governance
Annica Kronsell and Karin Bäckstrand

3. The Deliberative Turn in Green Political Theory
Eva Lövbrand and Jamil Khan

PART II: GLOBAL AND SUPRANATIONAL GOVERNANCE
4. Weberian Climate Policy: Administrative Rationality Organized as a Market
Johannes Stripple

5. The Legitimacy of Global Public–Private Partnerships on Climate and Sustainable Development
Karin Bäckstrand

6. Stakeholder Participation in the EU Governance of GMO in the Food Chain
Beatrice Bengtsson and Mikael Klintman

7. Participation under Administrative Rationality: Implementing the EU Water Framework Directive in Forestry
Lovisa Hagberg

PART III: STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNANCE
8. The Deliberative Turn in Swedish Sustainability Governance: Participation from Below or Governing from Above?
Roger Hildingsson

9. Old and New Forms of Governance of Food Technologies in Mid-20th Century Sweden
Gustav Holmberg

10. Regulatory Challenges and Forest Governance in Sweden
Peter Schlyter and Ingrid Stjernquist

11. Local Climate Mitigation and Network Governance: Progressive Policy Innovation or Status Quo in Disguise?
Jamil Khan

PART IV: CONCLUSIONS
12. Environmental Politics after the Deliberative Turn
Karin Bäckstrand, Jamil Khan, Annica Kronsell and Eva Lövbrand

Index