Gardens and Politics

  • Marcello Di Paola
Part of the The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics book series (LEAF, volume 25)


This chapter sketches a garden-based politics for the Anthropocene. Such politics will have the following characteristics: in terms of scale, it will privilege cities; in terms of inspiration, it will look to environmental pragmatism and civic republicanism; in terms of values it will favor self-determination, justice, and sustainability/resilience. Its agents will be mainly individuals and their non-institutional networks, associations, and organizations. It will be an “operative” democracy, importantly based on material practices and not only on institutional mechanisms of representation. Within such model, the networked and coordinated city-level garden system that I envision in this book will be described as a public good.


Urban gardens Urban gardening Anthropocene Cities City-level garden system Agrarianism Civic republicanism Public goods Operative democracy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcello Di Paola
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  1. 1.Center for Ethics and Global PoliticsLUISS UniversityRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity Of ViennaViennaAustria

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