Democracy Failing to Address Climate Change



Is Democracy Hurting Our Climate Change Response?
The Drum, Australian Broadcasting Corporation


The author argues that while a majority of voters in Western democracies are concerned with climate change and the rate of greenhouse emissions, emissions in these democracies continue to increase.

It goes on to argue this is due to the way that democracy is currently configured, allowing money politics to dominate policy making on climate change.

This in turn is reducing the impact of policy action to reduce emissions.

The article concludes: 'like many important social issues, it is also clear that there is a significant gap between public opinion and public policy'.

The way to solve the problem of money politics, and create more effective emission reduction policy, the article contends, is to reduce the influence of private money in policy-making and by deepening democracy through greater citizen engagement.


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Peter Burdon

Adelaide Law School

Published Date
September 5, 2014