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The Green Junta: or, is democracy sustainable?

Wells, Peter Erskine 2007. The Green Junta: or, is democracy sustainable? International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning 6 (2) , pp. 208-220. 10.1504/IJESD.2007.014204

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Attempts to achieve significant lasting change at local, national and international levels have foundered on the inability to gain agreement. Consensus between multiple stakeholders, while acceptable at a political level, increasingly seems inadequate to the task of creating sustainable societies. This paper starts with a review of the reasons why drastic, rapid and dramatic change is needed. All the main indicators in terms of global warming, North-South imbalance, oil reserves, water resources, biodiversity, deforestation, population growth and rural-urban shift, globalisation, over-consumption and the distribution of wealth suggest a situation almost in free-fall. The second section then outlines the failure of global governance. The final, speculative, section considers the appeal that may arise from a 'strong government for a crowded planet' right-wing agenda.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS)
Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainable democracy; liberal capitalism; totalitarianism; militarism; resource competition; global governance; strong government; change; consensus; sustainable society; sustainable development; sustainability
Publisher: Inderscience
ISSN: 1743-7601
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:28

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