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Participation in Green Consumer Policies: Deliberative Democracy under the Wrong Conditions?

Klintman, Mikael LU (2009) In Journal of Consumer Policy 32(1). p.43-57
Abstract
In policy debates about reducing environmental and social harms, political

consumerism is often called for by actors from a broad political spectrum. This paper

examines traits of deliberative democracy in cases where instruments of political

consumerism (eco-labelling, certificates and standards) are developed. The empirical cases

are processes surrounding eco-labelled, standardised forestry, food and electricity in

Sweden. In green forestry certification, deliberative processes have taken place close to

deliberative democracy ideals. Yet, these processes have been made possible because of

equal power levels, although power, according to deliberative theory, should be... (More)
In policy debates about reducing environmental and social harms, political

consumerism is often called for by actors from a broad political spectrum. This paper

examines traits of deliberative democracy in cases where instruments of political

consumerism (eco-labelling, certificates and standards) are developed. The empirical cases

are processes surrounding eco-labelled, standardised forestry, food and electricity in

Sweden. In green forestry certification, deliberative processes have taken place close to

deliberative democracy ideals. Yet, these processes have been made possible because of

equal power levels, although power, according to deliberative theory, should be irrelevant.

In organic food labelling, a smothering consensus climate has enabled deliberation,

although such a policy condition is at odds with certain deliberative democracy ideals. In

electricity labelling, its deliberative processes were embraced by everyone, although the

problem scope was narrowly defined, whilst fundamental problems were not addressed. If

deliberative democracy researchers become involved in critical frame reflection in

consumer-oriented policy making, changes can be made that help reduce environmental

harms and strengthen public engagement in political consumerism. (Less)
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Green consumerism, Deliberative democracy, Political consumerism, Market-based deliberation, Eco-labelling
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Journal of Consumer Policy
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Luchterhand
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10.1007/s10603-009-9094-9
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  abstract     = {In policy debates about reducing environmental and social harms, political<br/><br>
consumerism is often called for by actors from a broad political spectrum. This paper<br/><br>
examines traits of deliberative democracy in cases where instruments of political<br/><br>
consumerism (eco-labelling, certificates and standards) are developed. The empirical cases<br/><br>
are processes surrounding eco-labelled, standardised forestry, food and electricity in<br/><br>
Sweden. In green forestry certification, deliberative processes have taken place close to<br/><br>
deliberative democracy ideals. Yet, these processes have been made possible because of<br/><br>
equal power levels, although power, according to deliberative theory, should be irrelevant.<br/><br>
In organic food labelling, a smothering consensus climate has enabled deliberation,<br/><br>
although such a policy condition is at odds with certain deliberative democracy ideals. In<br/><br>
electricity labelling, its deliberative processes were embraced by everyone, although the<br/><br>
problem scope was narrowly defined, whilst fundamental problems were not addressed. If<br/><br>
deliberative democracy researchers become involved in critical frame reflection in<br/><br>
consumer-oriented policy making, changes can be made that help reduce environmental<br/><br>
harms and strengthen public engagement in political consumerism.},
  author       = {Klintman, Mikael},
  issn         = {0168-7034},
  keyword      = {Green consumerism,Deliberative democracy,Political consumerism,Market-based deliberation,Eco-labelling},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {43--57},
  publisher    = {Luchterhand},
  series       = {Journal of Consumer Policy},
  title        = {Participation in Green Consumer Policies: Deliberative Democracy under the Wrong Conditions?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10603-009-9094-9},
  volume       = {32},
  year         = {2009},
}