Sustaining Liberal Democracy

Ecological Challenges and Opportunities

  • John Barry
  • Marcel Wissenburg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. John Barry, Marcel Wissenburg
      Pages 1-15
  3. Liberalism and Sustainability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
  4. Reform and Change

  5. Rights

  6. Duties

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Mike Mills
      Pages 163-178
    3. Ludvig Beckman
      Pages 179-191
    4. Marcel Wissenburg
      Pages 192-204
    5. John Barry, Marcel Wissenburg, Marius de Geus
      Pages 205-212
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 213-229

About this book


Assuming that liberalism, liberal democracy and the free market are here to stay, this book asks how sustainability can be interpreted in ways that respect liberal democratic values and institutions. Among the problems addressed are the compatibility of liberal proceduralism with substansive 'green' ideals, the existence and potential of eco-friendly principles and ideas in classical liberal political theory, the role of rights and duties and of democracy and deliberation, and the 'greening' potential of modern environmental-focused practices in liberal democracies.


biodiversity constitution Deliberation democracy desegregation economy efficiency Institution political theory social justice sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • John Barry
    • 1
  • Marcel Wissenburg
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Politics, The Queen’s University of BelfastNorthern Ireland
  2. 2.Nijmegen Centre for Business, Environment and Government, University of NijmegenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information