The promise and limits of participation in adaptation governance

Moving beyond participation towards disruption

Angela Oels

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In this chapter I develop a theoretical critique of the notion of learning through participation. Those following Habermas’ theory of deliberative democracy suggest that affected populations need to engage in fair and competent discourse in order to deliberate and learn. Bringing rationality to discourse will help the better argument to win. However, while a lot of participation at first sight looks empowering, those who participate are subjected to power relations as Foucault tells us, they become subjects of advanced liberal power. Rancière and Kulynych suggest that meaningful political action in the age of disciplinary societies actually takes the form of resistance rather than cooperation. Only by disrupting dominant discourses will we be able to create new practices and new discourses. This means that we need to pay a lot more attention to unconventional forms and unconventional sites of participation and learning, namely those that performatively enact new realities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Climate Change Adaptation Policy
EditorsE.C.H. Keskitalo, B.L. Preston
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Chapter7
Pages138-156
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781786432520
ISBN (Print)1786432513
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

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Oels, A. (2019). The promise and limits of participation in adaptation governance: Moving beyond participation towards disruption. In E. C. H. Keskitalo, & B. L. Preston (Eds.), Research Handbook on Climate Change Adaptation Policy (pp. 138-156). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781786432520.00015
Oels, Angela. / The promise and limits of participation in adaptation governance : Moving beyond participation towards disruption. Research Handbook on Climate Change Adaptation Policy. editor / E.C.H. Keskitalo ; B.L. Preston. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 2019. pp. 138-156
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Research Handbook on Climate Change Adaptation Policy. ed. / E.C.H. Keskitalo; B.L. Preston. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 2019. p. 138-156.

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