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Book Reviews III I Downey, Liam. 2015. Inequality, in this book, the “inequality, democracy, and environment” (IDE) model. It fo cuses on the Democracy and the Environment. New York: New York University Press. 336 pp. role that organizational, institutional, and undemocratic elite-controlled decision mak- ISBN 978-1-4798-4379-4. ing plays in producing social and environmen- tal harm. Th is inequality allows economic, While the world is currently facing severe political, military, and ideological elites to shift environmental and social crises, scholarly environmental and non-environmental costs literature has been divided over the reasons onto powerless common citizens; the elites are behind these crises. Liam Downey brings thus able to achieve socially and environmen- the reader’s attention to the lack of coher- tally harmful goals by holding powerful posi- ence among scholars. Some environmental- tions in these organizations, institutions, and ists believe that social and environmental networks. He claims that these organizations problems arise from fundamentally diff erent and institutions are necessarily undemocratic causes and are not linked together. In con- because elites vastly outnumber non-elites trast, other environmentalists believe both (i.e., common citizens cannot achieve demo- problems are related and that the consumption cratic access to these organizations). Th e elites behavior of humans http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Environment and Society Berghahn Books

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Berghahn Books
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© 2020 Berghahn Books
ISSN
2150-6779
eISSN
2150-6787
DOI
10.3167/ares.2017.080111
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III I Downey, Liam. 2015. Inequality, in this book, the “inequality, democracy, and environment” (IDE) model. It fo cuses on the Democracy and the Environment. New York: New York University Press. 336 pp. role that organizational, institutional, and undemocratic elite-controlled decision mak- ISBN 978-1-4798-4379-4. ing plays in producing social and environmen- tal harm. Th is inequality allows economic, While the world is currently facing severe political, military, and ideological elites to shift environmental and social crises, scholarly environmental and non-environmental costs literature has been divided over the reasons onto powerless common citizens; the elites are behind these crises. Liam Downey brings thus able to achieve socially and environmen- the reader’s attention to the lack of coher- tally harmful goals by holding powerful posi- ence among scholars. Some environmental- tions in these organizations, institutions, and ists believe that social and environmental networks. He claims that these organizations problems arise from fundamentally diff erent and institutions are necessarily undemocratic causes and are not linked together. In con- because elites vastly outnumber non-elites trast, other environmentalists believe both (i.e., common citizens cannot achieve demo- problems are related and that the consumption cratic access to these organizations). Th e elites behavior of humans

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Environment and SocietyBerghahn Books

Published: Sep 1, 2017

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