Consensus and Global Environmental Governance: Deliberative Democracy in Nature’s Regime

John M. Meyer, Humboldt State University

john_meyerIn this book, Walter F. Baber and Robert V. Bartlett continue to develop a project that emerged in two previous coauthored books: Deliberative Environmental Politics (2005) and Global Democracy and Sustainable Jurisprudence (2009). The book offers a clear vision of the constructive role that the authors believe could be played by deliberative citizen juries in the development of international environmental law, and so of the institutions of global environmental governance. While the argument is focused upon environmental governance, in its form and structure it is more widely applicable to international law in general. The book offers a nuanced but full-throated defense of deliberation and consensus among citizens both as values and as techniques for effective global governance.

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Perspectives on Politics / Volume 14 / Issue 01 / March 2016, pp 170-172
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