The urgent need to resolve conflicts over forests, fisheries, farming practices, urban sprawl, and greenhouse-gas reductions, among many others, calls for a critical rethinking of the nature of our democracy and citizenship. This work aims to move the ideas of green democracy and ecological citizenship from the margins to the centre of discussion and debate in Canada. Environmental Conflict and Democracy in Canada offers sixteen case studies to demonstrate that environmental conflicts are always about our rights and responsibilities as citizens as well as the quality of our democratic institutions. By bringing together environmental politics and democratic theory, this path-breaking collection charts a new course for research and activism, one that reveals the deficits of citizenship and how democracy must be extended to achieve a socially just, ecologically sustainable society.
Laurie E. Adkin is an associate professor of comparative politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta.
Contributors: Peter Andrée, Patricia Ballamingie, Darren R. Bardati, Nathalie Berny, Colette Fluet, Jason Found, Liette Gilbert, Donna Harrison, William T. Hipwell, Raymond Hudon, Naomi Krogman, Susan W. Lee, Michael Mascarenhas, R. Michael M’Gonigle, Jane Mulkewich, Richard Oddie, Maxime Ouellet, James Overton, John R. Parkins, L. Anders Sandberg, Lucy Sharratt, Martha Stiegman, Cheryl Teelucksingh, and Gerda R. Wekerle
In a review of three recent books on environmental policy, including Environmental Conflict and Democracy in Canada, Graeme Auld, Carleton University, School of Public Policy and Administration, says: "Taken together, these volumes are an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the complex challenges environmental problems, new and old, present, even in advanced industrial countries.