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Consensus and Global Environmental GovernanceDeliberative Democracy in Nature's Regime$
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Walter F. Baber and Robert V. Bartlett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028738

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028738.001.0001

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Slow-Motion Democracy

Slow-Motion Democracy

Synthetic and Progressive Development of the Structure of Rationalization

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(p.121) 7 Slow-Motion Democracy
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Consensus and Global Environmental Governance
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Walter F. Baber

Robert V. Bartlett

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028738.003.0007

Restatement is a potentially useful mechanism for aggregating the considered opinions of deliberating citizens in ways that can contribute to progressive development of legal structures for rationalizing the human relationship with the environment. The object of restatement is synthetic and progressive, to craft a comprehensive statement of the underlying rationale for a category of decisions. Legal restatement and its distant relative, content analysis, can be united in an analytic framework for interpreting discourses aimed at the resolution of concrete disputes with implications for global environmental governance. That framework can be applied through juristic deliberation, which is a particular type of minipublic. The similarities and contrasts between restatement and content analysis serve to illuminate the potential paths along which a rationalization structure might develop.

Keywords:   Rationalization, Restatement, Content analysis, Minipublic, Discourses, Governance, Consensus, juristic

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