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The Australian National University

Democratising Climate Governance

Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 08:45

Democratizing Climate Governance
15-16 July 2010, The Australian National University

hosted by the ANU Centre for Deliberative Democracy & Global Governance
co-sponsored by the ANU Climate Change Institute
endorsed by Earth System Governance

Climate change poses considerable challenges to democracy. Its global nature questions the traditional parameters of our political communities and moral responsibilities. Its complexity and urgency challenge the capacity of existing democratic procedures to produce effective outcomes. Transnational institutions and processes developed so far for mitigating and adapting to climate change often elude basic democratic values. Decisions on whether, where, and how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are generally made by elites in spatially and temporally distant settings, thus undermining the legitimacy of such decisions. Meanwhile, those most vulnerable to the consequences of climate change tend also to be, in many cases, the most socially disadvantaged and democratically disempowered. In this context, a key concern for scholars and citizens alike is how to ensure that the people who will be affected by climate change and climate governance are represented in decision-making processes. More effective democracy is likely to be instrumental to climate justice.

The purpose of this conference was to examine these challenges and explore potential avenues for democratizing climate governance. We invited proposals that address issues of accountability, representation, participation, and legitimacy, as well as the appropriate roles of national and transnational institutions, civil society, scientists, scholars, communities, and citizens confronted with issue complexity. Climate governance manifests in various forms and at various levels, as such we invite papers concerned with public, private, and hybrid modes of governance at local, national, and/or global levels. Understanding and responding to the democratic challenges posed by climate change will require advances in theory as well as empirical research, and we welcome papers that fall into either or both of these categories. Papers that approach the challenge from a discursive or deliberative perspective were especially encouraged, however we welcomed a range of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives.

PLENARY SPEAKERS: Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University), Karin Bäckstrand (Lund University), Ronnie Lipschutz (University of California, Santa Cruz), Robyn Eckersley (University of Melbourne).


Conference papers (in alphabetical order):
ACUTO, Michele Green politics and social justice through the global city
BABON, Andrea Power, politics and participation in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in Indonesia
BAER, Hans The Australian climate movement: a disparate response to climate change and mainstream climate politics in a not so ‘lucky country’
BUMMEL, Andreas, Duncan Kerr, & Fernando Iglesias, Democratizing Global Climate Policy through a UN Parliamentary Assembly
CHRISTOFF, Peter Alexander, Climate Science as Political Challenge
DRYZEK, John & Hayley Stevenson The Deliberative Global Governance of Climate Change
GERO, Anna, Kerstie Méheux, & D. Dominey-Howes Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the Pacific: The challenge of integration
GOODMAN, James Disorderly deliberation?: generative dynamics of global climate justice
GROSS, Catherine Decision-makers seeking global justice in a changing climate must first understand the importance of perceived injustice in decision-making processes
HAYES, Adrian C. The Governance of National Climate Change Adaptation Strategies: An Indonesian Case Study
HEALY, Stephen Deliberating Climate Change: A matter of ‘Preferences’ or preferred ‘Forms of Life’?
HODGKINSON, David, Tess Burton, Lucy Young, and Heather Anderson ‘Turning to Prayer’: A Convention for Climate Change Displaced Persons
HUAN, Qingzhi China's participation in the global climate governance: Reflections from a perspective of deliberative democracy
KENT, Jennifer When States won’t act: local-global linkages and climate change governance
LIPSCHUTZ, Ronnie What Kind of Politics You want with those Markets? Democracy, Capitalism and Climate Governance
LYNCH, Amanda & Ronald D. Brunner Democracy and Climate Change
McGEE, Jeffrey, Exclusive Minilateralism: An Emerging Discourse within International Climate Change Governance?
PHELAN, Liam, Ann Henderson-Sellers, & Ros Taplin Discursive dominance of the Earth system: Climate change and contestation
PITTOCK, Jamie A pale reflection of political reality: integration of global climate, wetland and biodiversity agreements
RIEDY, Chris, & Jade Herriman Challenges for global deliberative democracy processes: insights from World Wide Views on global warming in Australia
ROXBURGH, Timothy An impenetrable core? - The position of environmental concerns in relation to the imperatives of the Chinese state
SLAUGHTER, Steven Promising the World? The G20, Public Accountability and Global Environmental Governance
ZHU, Xufeng Deliberative Climate Regime: Super-Ministerial Mechanisms for Energy Security and Emission Reduction in China

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