Citizens' Assemblies Won't Save Us

Calum McGeown

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Citizens’ assemblies have emerged as a key climate movement demand in recent years. As Ireland’s historic referendums on marriage equality and abortion show, citizens’ assemblies can break political deadlock to deliver real change. But the fate of lesser-known citizens’ recommendations on climate change in Ireland cautions against putting too much faith in participatory democracy, Calum McGeown argues. Rather than going beyond politics, the answer to ecological crisis lies in expanding democracy into new areas of the economy and the state.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGreen European Journal
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2021


  • citizens' assembly
  • democratisation
  • climate breakdown
  • climate action
  • capitalism
  • the state
  • green political theory
  • green politics
  • green political economy


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