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Deliberation in the wilderness: Displacing symbolic politics

Niemeyer, Simon

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The environmental benefits of deliberative democracy are increasingly cited, but not well understood. Nor are the processes involved in arriving at deliberated policy preferences in contrast to those under the status quo. Analysis of the Far North Queensland Citizens' Jury (FNQCJ) reveals that the difference reflects as much a move away from a non-deliberative status quo as toward a deliberative ideal. Before deliberation, symbolic arguments proffered by political interests resulted in deep...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorNiemeyer, Simon
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T23:07:54Z
dc.identifier.issn0964-4016
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/86408
dc.description.abstractThe environmental benefits of deliberative democracy are increasingly cited, but not well understood. Nor are the processes involved in arriving at deliberated policy preferences in contrast to those under the status quo. Analysis of the Far North Queensland Citizens' Jury (FNQCJ) reveals that the difference reflects as much a move away from a non-deliberative status quo as toward a deliberative ideal. Before deliberation, symbolic arguments proffered by political interests resulted in deep fracturing of an underlying environmental consensus. The deliberative process served to dissipate symbolic claims, liberating citizens to formulate their own judgements based largely on this pre-existing environmental concern. The findings suggest a focus for deliberative democracy in displacing symbolic politics that disenfranchises both nature and humans.
dc.publisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.sourceEnvironmental Politics
dc.subjectKeywords: democracy; environmental politics; local participation; policy strategy; Australasia; Australia; Queensland
dc.titleDeliberation in the wilderness: Displacing symbolic politics
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume13
dc.date.issued2004
local.identifier.absfor169999 - Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub15288
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationNiemeyer, Simon, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage347
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage372
local.identifier.doi10.1080/0964401042000209612
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T08:11:17Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-3042693378
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