Quotation Blühdorn, Ingolfur, Deflorian, Michael. 2020. Environmental Governance as Performance. In: Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance, Hrsg. Agni Kalfagianni, Doris Fuchs, Anders Hayden, 26-37. London: Routledge.




In advanced industrial societies, the democratic involvement of multiple stakeholders at all stages of the policy-process is constitutive to good environmental governance. Yet, these new participatory forms of policy-making have been found wanting in both ecological and democratic terms. Why then have they become so prominent? This contribution suggests that these new forms of participatory governance have become so important not least because they correspond very closely to the particular preferences, needs, and dilemmas of contemporary consumer societies. If measured by the expectations and demands of the emancipatory eco-movements of past few decades, their performance may, indeed, be found wanting. But if assessed from the perspective of these contemporary needs and dilemmas, they do actually perform exceptionally well. In particular, they provide contemporary consumer societies with a practical policy mechanism that helps them to reconcile the widely perceived seriousness and urgency of socio-environmental problems with their ever more visible inability and unwillingness to deviate from their established societal order, patterns of self-realisation, and logic of development. Analysis through the lens of a multi-layered concept of performance sheds light on this under-investigated dimension and thus contributes to a more nuanced reading of modern environmental governance.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Environmental Governance as Performance
Title of whole publication Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance
Editor Agni Kalfagianni, Doris Fuchs, Anders Hayden
Page from 26
Page to 37
Location London
Publisher Routledge
Year 2020
Open Access N


Blühdorn, Ingolfur (Details)
Deflorian, Michael (Former researcher)
Institute for Social Change and Sustainability IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5118 Political science (Details)
5425 Environmental sociology (Details)
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