Historical Background: What Are the Lessons Learnt from the Past and What Remains To Be Answered

  • Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou


Unresolved debates between experts and political representatives about the management of complex, highly scientific environmental issues raise the questions of who should participate in the regulatory decision-making processes within the realm of international environmental governance institutions and how should this participation take shape. Phrased in a different way, the question of who should hold the “legislative” power, which is still debated in both the academic and political arenas, is at least as old as Plato’s philosophy. Plato is among the first philosophers to take up the debate on whether one should govern by technocracy or by democracy in many of his works, including “Gorgias” and, most prominently, “The Republic.

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  • Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou
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  1. 1.European Institute of Law, Science and TechnologyAthensGreece

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