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Deliberative democracy, global green information system and spirituality

Marinova, D., Todorov, V. and Hossain, A. (2015) Deliberative democracy, global green information system and spirituality. In: Ghosh, R.N. and Siddique, M.A.B., (eds.) Corruption, Good Governance and Economic Development. World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, pp. 47-60.

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Good governance is a prerequisite for a transition toward a more sustainable development. Within western democracy, governance is understood either as a management function or as a leadership role played by the government, politicians, business, academics, not-for-profit and community organizations or just particular individuals within civil society. More recently, this top-down approach has been challenged by the newly emerging methods of deliberative democracy which entrust the power of decision-making to randomly selected representatives of the public following intensive processes of deliberation. The role of experts in the process is to inform the deliberations, and the role of the traditional structures of power within society is to implement the outcomes from the deliberations. Information availability is a serious condition for the potential of deliberative democracy to be fulfilled. Within the climate change imperatives, the focus of information delivery should be on allowing for a global picture to be created as the basis for individual localized decision-making. Based on the unprecedented power of computer and communication technology, this chapter puts forward the concept of a Global Green Information System (GGIS) which can provide the virtual space for and support on-line deliberative democracy processes. The functions that such a GGIS can provide are monitoring, information storage and transmission, facilitation of decision-making and analysis of virtual sustainability models. Despite its enormous importance and input, the GGIS however will only be a tool in the broader deliberative processes guided by the value systems represented by society members.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Sustainability
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing
Copyright: © 2015 by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd
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