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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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Deliberatively Democratic Administrative Discretion in Global Environmental Governance

Deliberatively Democratic Administrative Discretion in Global Environmental Governance

(p.139) 8 Deliberatively Democratic Administrative Discretion in Global Environmental Governance
Consensus and Global Environmental Governance

Walter F. Baber

Robert V. Bartlett

The MIT Press

The arguments for the unavoidability of administrative discretion are both political and functional. Administrative structures are a practical inevitability in modern environmental governance; no citizenry or legislature has the insight, vision, cognitive assets, or time to create, much less administer, all the rules likely to be judged desirable by a collective will. But administrative discretion must be subjected to democratic control in any system of popular governance. The aim should not be to render government less effective but to render citizens’ control over government more effective, by building new forms of participation and new deliberative arenas into the decisionmaking processes of administration. The problems posed by administrative discretion for global environmental governance are not so much institutional and procedural as they are normative and political.

Keywords:   Discretion, Deliberation, Administration, Democratic, Participation, Governance, Citizens, Norms

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