Quotation Blühdorn, Ingolfur. 2020. The legitimation crisis of democracy: emancipatory politics, the environmental state and the glass ceiling to socio-ecological transformation. Environmental Politics. 29 (1), 38-57.


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The democratic legitimation imperative of the modern state has been conceptualised as the barrier that stops the environmental state from developing into a green or eco-state – and thus as the glass ceiling to a socio-ecological transformation of capitalist consumer democracies. Here, I suggest that this state-theoretical explanation of the glass ceiling needs to be supplemented by an analysis of why democratic norms and procedures, which had once been regarded as essential for any socio-ecological transformation, suddenly appear as one of its main obstacles. I conceptualise the new eco-political dysfunctionality of democracy as one dimension of a more encompassing legitimation crisis of democracy which, in turn, has triggered a profound transformation of democracy. Ultimately, exactly this transformation constitutes the glass ceiling to the socio-ecological restructuring of capitalist consumer societies. It changes democracy into a tool for the politics of unsustainability, in which the legitimation-dependent state is a key actor.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Environmental Politics
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title The legitimation crisis of democracy: emancipatory politics, the environmental state and the glass ceiling to socio-ecological transformation
Volume 29
Number 1
Year 2020
Page from 38
Page to 57
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09644016.2019.1681867
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2019.1681867
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09644016.2019.1681867

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