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Global Democratic Corporatism: a Feasible System for Sustainable Earth Governance?


Gale, F, Global Democratic Corporatism: a Feasible System for Sustainable Earth Governance?, Earth Systems Governance Conference, 28-31 January 2013, Tokyo, Japan (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Building on the case of the Forest Stewardship Council, this article mounts a normative case for ‘Global Democratic Corporatism’ (GDC), a tripartite system of governance bringing together elected representatives from economic, social and environmental sectors—and from the North and South—to negotiate high-quality compromise outcomes. It argues that GDC is currently best operationalised in the structures of the Forest Stewardship Council, a global membership organisation that increasingly governs the forest sector utilising voluntary certification and labelling. In the FSC, individuals and organisations join one of six sub-chambers depending on whether they represent economic, social or environmental interests in the North or the South. Several studies have commented favourably on the strength, equity and quality of this governance form. This paper investigates the desirability and feasibility of scaling GDC up to the global level and embedding its architecture within national and global organisations. Building on a critical evaluation of the deficiencies of territorial representation via liberal democracy and intergovernmental organisations, the study examines current proposals for an Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development, especially those emerging from RIO+20, and compares and contrasts these with GDC to assess strengths, weaknesses and feasibility.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:International relations
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Gale, F (Professor Fred Gale)
ID Code:96706
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-11-17
Last Modified:2014-11-17
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