- The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory
- List of Illustrations
- List of Contributors
- Introducing Environmental Political Theory
- Environmental Political Theory and the History of Western Political Theory
- Culture and Difference: Non-Western Approaches to Defining Environmental Issues
- Environmental Political Theory and the Liberal Tradition
- Environmental Political Theory and Republicanism
- Human Nature, Non-human Nature, and Needs: Environmental Political Theory and Critical Theory
- Environmental Political Theory, Environmental Ethics, and Political Science: Bridging the Gap
- Environmental Political Theory’s Contribution to Sustainability Studies
- Environmental Political Theory and Environmental Action Research Teams
- “Nature” and the (Built) Environment
- Theorizing the Non-human through Spatial and Environmental Thought
- Challenging the Human X Environment Framework
- Environmental Management in the Anthropocene
- Floral Sensations: Plant Biopolitics
- Cosmopolitanism and the Environment
- Sustainability— Post-sustainability— Unsustainability
- Population, Environmental Discourse, and Sustainability
- Are There Limits to Limits?
- Green Political Economy: Beyond Orthodox Undifferentiated Economic Growth as a Permanent Feature of the Economy
- Environmental and Climate Justice
- Environmental Human Rights
- Responsibility for Climate Change as a Structural Injustice
- Environmental Justice and the Anthropocene Meme
- The Limits of Freedom and the Freedom of Limits
- Bodies, Environments, and Agency
- Cultivating Human and Non-human Capabilities for Mutual Flourishing
- Consumption and Well-being
- Capital, Environmental Degradation, and Economic Externalization
- Environmental Governmentality
- Political Economy of the Greening of the State
- Environmental Science and Politics
- Democracy as Constraint and Possibility for Environmental Action
- Environmental Authoritarianism and China
- Global Environmental Governance
- Global Environmental Justice and the Environmentalism of the Poor
- Indigenous Environmental Movements and the Function of Governance Institutions
- Reimagining Radical Environmentalism
- Framing and Nudging for a Greener Future
- Citizenship: Radical, Feminist, and Green
- Ecological Democracy and the Co-participation of Things
Abstract and Keywords
Is ecological democracy possible? If so, what would it entail? This chapter first reviews the literature based in deliberative democracy that proposes to extend communicative competence to non-humans, and then traces an alternative constructivist line of environmental political thinking from its beginnings in the strand of science and technology studies pioneered by Bruno Latour and others known as actor-network theory, through two actor-network theory-inspired approaches to political theory, “object-oriented democracy” and “material politics/participation.” Whereas this alternative approach solves some of the conundrums to which the communicative model gives rise, it is neither as radical a departure from politics as it is “normally understood,” nor as political as its proponents claim.
Keywords: actor-network theory (ANT), constructivism, deliberative democracy, ecological democracy, Bruno Latour, material participation, material politics, object-oriented democracy, science and technology studies (STS).
Lisa Disch is Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Michigan.
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