Democratic Innovations in a Green Transition (DIGT)
This research project explores how democracy is affected by, and can in turn affect, efforts to address the impacts of climate change. The project looks at the Danish citizen assembly on climate change, which is set to begin work in 2021. In the context of a greater European trend of climate citizen assemblies, DIGT examines how the inclusion of citizens in the political process impacts deliberation on climate change issues, and how these deliberations filter from the political system into civil society.
Democratic Innovations in a Green Transition (DIGT) examines the impact of Denmark’s climate citizens’ assembly on the Danish political system. In what way does the assembly strengthen support for green transition policies, and to what extent does it affect existing channels for public debate and democratic decision-making? DIGT aims to answer these questions through a new framework that combines the study of deliberative democracy with affect theory, new materialism, and science and technology studies (STS). The goal is to show how the climate citizen’s assembly can contribute positively to green transition through new modes of democratic participation.
The first subproject examines the assembly’s model of democratic participation. The second analyzes the assembly’s impact on existing political institutions. The third compares it with competing forms of civil society engagement.
Amnon Lev will be analysing how climate change affects the way we think about popular sovereignty and representation.
DIGT is supported by a Scientific Advisory Board that represents leading international academic institutions (University of Sydney, University of Warwick, University of Westminster, Uppsala University), government organisations (Teknologirådet) and NGO’s (Missions publiques, We do democracy).
Democratic Innovations in a Green Transition (DIGT) has received funding from Independent Research Fund Denmark.
Project: Democratic Innovations in a Green Transition (DIGT)
Period: 01-01-2020 - 31-12-2023
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