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Democratising planetary boundaries: experts, social values and deliberative risk evaluation in Earthsystem governance
Univ Canberra, Australia.
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Tema Environmental Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Stockholm Environm Inst, Sweden.
2019 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, ISSN 1523-908X, E-ISSN 1522-7200Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Recent debates about the concept of planetary boundaries recall longstanding concerns about whether ecological limits are compatible with ecological democracy. The planetary boundaries framework (originally set out in Rockstrom et al., 2009a, 2009b) defines values for key Earth-system processes such as climate change and biodiversity that aim to maintain a safe distance from thresholds or levels that could endanger human wellbeing. Despite having a significant impact in policy debates, the framework has been criticised as implying an expert-driven approach to governing global environmental risks that lacks democratic legitimacy. Drawing on research on deliberative democracy and the role of science in democratic societies, we argue that planetary boundaries can be interpreted in ways that remain consistent with democratic decision-making. We show how an iterative, dialogical process to formulate planetary boundaries and negotiate planetary targets could form the basis for a democratically legitimate division of labour among experts, citizens and policy-makers in evaluating and responding to Earth-system risks. Crucial to this division of evaluative labour is opening up space for deliberative contestation about the value judgments inherent in collective responses to Earth-system risks, while also safeguarding the ability of experts to issue warnings about what they consider to be unacceptable risks.

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Routledge, 2019.
Keywords [en]
Planetary boundaries; ecological democracy; deliberative democracy; science-policy interface; Earth system governance; Anthropocene
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-161164DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2019.1661233ISI: 000486106100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85073802959OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-161164DiVA, id: diva2:1365734
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Funding Agencies|Australian Research CouncilAustralian Research Council [FL140100154]; Swedish Research Council Formas (Formas)Swedish Research Council Formas [211-2012-1842]

Available from: 2019-10-25 Created: 2019-10-25 Last updated: 2019-12-10Bibliographically approved

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