Hammond, M (2020) Democratic Deliberation for Sustainability Transformations: Between Constructiveness and Disruption. Sustainability : Science, Practice and Policy. ISSN 1548-7733

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The discourse on sustainability transformations moves beyond accommodationist, reformist framings of sustainability to imply a radical, systemic shift toward new sustainable trajectories. While democracy has been accorded a central role in sustainability governance of most kinds, this emphasis on systemic transformation, and the new context of existential ecological threat, prompt a reconsideration of the kind of democracy that would provide a political foundation for sustainability. Arguing that the politics of sustainability transformation inherently demand democratization – for both disruption (of established power structures) and normativity (in relation to the negotiated meaning of sustainability) – this article explores the potential of deliberation in particular to create these foundations. I contend that while the recent policy-oriented practice of deliberation has itself become overly accommodationist, the concept can equally encompass a more disruptive, yet still normatively driven form, the time for which might be just right.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article and all relevant information related to it can be found online at; https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15487733.2020.1814588
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainability transformation, sustainability, deliberative democracy, citizens’ assembly, deliberation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Political and Global Studies
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2020 13:46
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2020 13:46
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/8678

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