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Modern Water Ethics: Implications for Shared Governance

Jeremy J. Schmidt and Dan Shrubsole

Environmental Values 22 (2013): 359-379. doi: 10.3197/096327113X13648087563746


Calls for new forms of representation to protect the interests of future generations and non-human species have become common among green theorists. Examining these proposals critically, this article finds, first, that 'ecological representation' contradicts the virtues traditionally associated with representative government: creating a circuit of legitimacy between voters and political authorities; preventing abuses of power; keeping law neutral with respect to the worth of competing values. It concludes, second, that our environmental predicament is not essentially the fault of inadequate representation. The logic of representation itself is part of the problem. Ecological democrats must look to other participatory models.


Ecological democracy; deliberation; future generations; surrogate representation; environmental proxies

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Reflexive Water Management in Arid Regions: The Case of Iran. Mohammad Reza Balali , Jozef Keulartz and Michiel Korthals

The Positioned Construction of Water Values: Pluralism, Positionality and Praxis. Antonio A.R. Ioris

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