Quotation Blühdorn, Ingolfur. 2013. The Governance of Unsustainability: Ecology and Democracy beyond the post-democratic turn. Environmental Politics 1 (22): S. 16-36.




Starting from the diagnosis of a profound reconfiguration since the second half of the 1980s of the normative foundations of contemporary eco-political discourses, the theory of post-ecologist politics has conceptualised eco-politics in advanced modern consumer societies as the politics of unsustainability. How the politics of unsustainability is organised and executed in practical terms is explored and the theory of post-ecologist politics is extended to suggest that, in the wake of a modernisation-induced post-democratic turn, democratic values and the innovative modes of decentralised, participatory government which, up to the present, are widely hailed as the key towards a genuinely legitimate, effective and efficient environmental policy are metamorphosing into tools for managing the condition of sustained ecological and social unsustainability. Analysis of this governance of unsustainability reveals a new twist in the notoriously difficult relationship between democracy and ecology.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Environmental Politics
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title The Governance of Unsustainability: Ecology and Democracy beyond the post-democratic turn
Volume 1
Number 22
Year 2013
Page from 16
Page to 36
URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2013.755005
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2013.755005


Blühdorn, Ingolfur (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5914 Environmental research (Details)
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