Goals of the course:
The course will explore the theme of the relationship between the ecological crisis and the need for a renewal of theory and practice of democratic institutions. Will be taken into considerations the main environmental emergencies and the way in which they are presented and discussed in political space by the different institutional and non-institutional political actors. Aspects such as resource depletion, biodiversity loss, pollution, climate change, environmental conflicts and climate refugees brought about a rethinking of the foundations of the political community and a thorough assessment of the limits of traditional forms and institutions of democracy. Topics such as awareness of the limits, inter-generational responsibility, the contribution of scientific and social knowledge, transparency in information and communication, awareness of the risks and possible consequences of public choices, the rethinking of the decision-making process through the instruments of deliberative and participatory democracy are the crucial pivot to define the direction and prospects of contemporary democracy.