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Environmental Ethics

Volume 10, Issue 4, Winter 1988

Robert Paehlke
Pages 291-308
DOI: 10.5840/enviroethics198810437

Democracy, Bureaucracy, and Environmentalism

Several prominent analysts, including Heilbroner, Ophuls, and Passmore, have drawn bleak conclusions regarding the implications of contemporary environmental realities for the future of democracy. I establish, however, that the day-to-day practice of environmental politics has often had an opposite effect: democratic processes have been enhanced. I conclude that the resolution of environmental problems may weIl be more promising within a political context which is more rather than less democratic.