Deliberative Democracy and Climate Governance


Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 4:10pm to 5:30pm


124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

John DryzekJohn Dryzek, Australian National University
Co-sponsored by the Program on Science, Technology and Society, HKS

About the Seminar
In environmental political theory and associated fields such as ecological economics, it is now widely accepted that deliberative governance ought to be able to promote both effective environmental performance and democratic legitimacy. But do these claims stand up in light of the reality of climate governance, currently so problematic at every level from the local to the global? Making reference to studies ranging from locally constituted citizen forums to global negotiations and networks, John Dryzek will claim that the theoretical arguments for deliberative democracy can be sustained when it comes to climate governance. The idea of a deliberative system proves crucial. Implications will be drawn for the content of rhetoric that can reach skeptics when climate science cannot.

About John Dryzek
John Dryzek is Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and professor of political science at the Australian National University. Recent books include Foundations and Frontiers of Deliberative Governance (Oxford University Press, 2010) and The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society (Oxford University Press, 2011, forthcoming, co-edited with David Schlosberg and Richard Norgaard).