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Reimagining Democracy

Authors
  • Berglund, Oscar1
  • Schmidt, Daniel1
  • 1 University of Bristol,
Type
Published Article
Journal
Extinction Rebellion and Climate Change Activism
Publication Date
Sep 10, 2020
Pages
59–77
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-48359-3_5
PMCID: PMC7981573
Source
PubMed Central
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Abstract

This chapter explores XR’s demand for a citizens’ assembly and how it draws on critiques of representative democracy that have been growing in social movements to provide a more democratic model. We argue that the citizens’ assembly demand as sketched by XR comes from an established critique of representative democracy but that it then becomes a way of avoiding answering the big question of what needs to be done to address the climate emergency. The demand for a citizens’ assembly on the climate emergency highlights the tensions in XR and beyond around solution agnosticism and the ignoring of the power relations and structures that drive climate change in contemporary capitalism.

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