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Green republicanism

Green Politics
Political Economy
Climate Change
P15

Thursday 15:00 - 16:30 (02/03/2023)


Abstract

Speaker: Ashley Dodsworth, University of Bristol The intersection of the cost-of-living crisis, energy crisis and the overarching climate crisis has made the need for a new politics explicitly clear. The republican political tradition can offer the alternative we desperately need, a way to re-orientate our politics and our societies so that we can all come together to support the collective good. The development of green republicanism has highlighted the intersection between republicanism and environmentalism, showing how this focus on the common good and the responsibilities of citizens to support it, can be used to ground a more sustainable politics. This paper seeks to explore the current state of the field of green republicanism, challenging current assumptions, identifying areas for critique and outlining new directions. Central to this exploration are questions regarding democracy, republicanism and climate change, with the role of contestation, and the understanding of political participation and decentralisation highlighted. Secondly green republicanism’s response to questions of gender, race and class will be explored, drawing on recent work that challenges the biased assumptions of past republican thinkers and shows how the tradition can support movements for justice and critiques of capitalism (e.g. Rogers, 2020; Gourevitch 2015). This reflects the broader green republican conception of political economy, which argues for a move away from wasteful consumption towards a more sustainable approach that meets the needs of all, and in which power is held by the majority. We believe that green republicanism is needed, now more than ever, to support a more collective, equal, and sustainable politics.