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Deliberative democracy and climate governance

Against those who believe democracy is unable to address climate change effectively, we argue that a more deeply deliberative democracy can better equip the world to meet the challenge.

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Dryzek, J.S., Niemeyer, S. Deliberative democracy and climate governance. Nat Hum Behav 3, 411–413 (2019).

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