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The Republican Tragedy of the Commons: The Inefficiency of Democracy in the Light of Climate Change


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.

Abstract

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.

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.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
170 Ethics
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:17 Jan 2012 11:53
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:19
Publisher:Vittorio Klostermann
Official URL:http://www.anci.ch/doku.php?id=international_law_and_ethics
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-54069

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