Participatory Politics and the Climate Emergency

Peter McColl, Oliver Escobar, Janette Webb

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Abstract / Description of output

The challenges posed by climate change require unprecedented changes in our society and economy. This will necessarily require higher levels of social consent than are available in the current context. We believe that the more we work at creating participatory approaches, the more effective we will become at ensuring their integrity and impacts. To be sure, mini-publics like assemblies and juries are only one type of democratic innovation, and we need a wide range of participatory approaches. from the local to the national and transnational. Here we have focussed on mini-publics because they illustrate the potential for developing new civic and political institutions. But no single process or institution can carry the full burden of the challenges ahead – we must think in systemic terms about the contribution of both legacy institutions and democratic innovations, seeking to overcome their frictions and enable synergies.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRoyal Society of Edinburgh
Commissioning bodyThe Royal Society of Edinburgh
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2021
EventFACING UP TO CLIMATE CHANGE: 10 YEARS ON - Royal Society of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Oct 202127 Oct 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • participation
  • climate action
  • climate crisis
  • democratic innovation
  • Scotland


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