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Since the recognition of ongoing human-induced large-scale environmental degradation, from the early 1960s and onwards, the scholarly community has glanced at democracy with mixed feelings. Some assert, quite upfront, that democracy is devastating for countries’ environmental performance, some are claiming the opposite, while yet other scholars instead suggest that alternative democratic models, other than the particular liberal democracy, may be routs towards a sustainable society.
We are joined by Dr. Marina Povitkina, who will talk about the compatibility between democratic rules and environmental protection and compare democracies with dominating liberal, social liberal, and deliberative characteristics in their commitments to protect the environment.
Dr. Marina Povitkina is a researcher at the Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo (Norway) and the Centre for Collective Action Research at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden). Her research interests are in comparative environmental politics, collective action dilemmas, democracy, corruption, and the performance of public administration.