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Berlin Sustainability Talk: Soup, Society or System?

Jun 30, 2009 | 04:00 PM

Lecture and discussion with Prof. John Dryzek, Australian National University, Canberra

John Dryzek draws a comparison of three ways of thinking about democracy in global politics. A soup has lots of interesting ingredients but no overall ordering principle. A society has a set of constitutive norms and discourses that might be the target of democratizatiion efforts. A system actually produces collective outcomes in potentially democratic fashion. Hoewever, sometimes a system may be so incomplete and so different from existing practices that it may be more feasible to think in terms of society. Soup is never enough. Applications can be made to many kinds of international and global issues, including environmental ones.

The Berlin Sustainability Talk is a monthly brown bag seminar at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (ffu). It presents a forum for discussion and exchange about ongoing research projects and recent trends in environmental policy research with scholars of other institutes, business representatives, politics, and public administrations as well as the interested public.


Time & Location

Jun 30, 2009 | 04:00 PM

Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Garystraße 55, Berlin-Dahlem, room 121