An old saw sometimes attributed to Churchill is 'that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…' But good for what? Hammers may be the best tools for driving nails but screwdrivers are better for turning screws. What is democracy good for? Perhaps that is the wrong question: democracy may be intrinsically better than other forms of government. But even if that is true, it doesn’t mean that democracy is particularly well-suited for addressing climate change. In this talk Prof. Dale Jamieson argues that democracy is good for addressing climate change, but not in the ways and for the reasons that many people think.
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Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Research Group Leader, Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
41st Käte Hamburger Lecture
If Democracy Is the Answer, What Is the Question?
Professor of Environmental Studies, Philosophy and Law at New York University
Discussant: Lauren Eastwood
Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York, Plattsburgh
Moderator: Christine Unrau
Q&A with the Audience
Concluding Remarks and End of the Lecture