Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-54069
Wallimann-Helmer, Ivo (2013). The Republican Tragedy of the Commons: The Inefficiency of Democracy in the Light of Climate Change. Ancilla Iuris - Special Issue: International Law and Ethics:1-18.
This paper argues that an analysis of the dissatisfactory outcomes of international negotiations concerning
climate change must take into account procedures of political decision‐making in democracies.
Although the normative ideal of republican democracy has means of dealing with such dissatisfactory
results, political processes in republican democracies take too much time and risk becoming stuck in
tragic or dilemmatic decision structures when facing challenges such as climate change. Consequently,
this paper discusses possibilities for redesigning republican democratic institutions to counter‐act
these negative forces. However, all possibilities discussed either call into question the normative ideal
of republican democracy itself or would take too much time to be realized.
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics|
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
|Deposited On:||17 Jan 2012 12:53|
|Last Modified:||30 May 2013 08:16|
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