Plurality as basis for political action and democratic space in degrowth

by Katja Pellini.

Democracy, literally the rule by the people, is a process of collective decision-making. In today’s world this joint decision making is usually organised within the nation-states. However, in recent years – countries such as Finland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Brazil, Hungary, and the United States, to name a few, have witnessed popularity of authoritarian leaders, and neo-liberal and far right tendencies in political parties. The polarisation of politics and hostility towards people with different identities and beliefs is eroding trust in representative democracy.

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