The marginalisation of localism in current responses to the ecological crisis

Gussen, Benjamen F. (2012) The marginalisation of localism in current responses to the ecological crisis. New Zealand Journal of Environmental Law, 16. pp. 167-201. ISSN 1174-1538


This article advocates a Copernican shift that brings localism to the centre of any effective response to the current ecological crisis - and by doing so surrendering all other scales of social organisation(from the national to the global) to subsidiarity. Disembeddedness(or delocalisation) is identified as the root cause to ecological crises. Localism was the leitmotif of the historical (pre Enlightenment) response. Today, however, the response marginalises localism through the fiction of 'indigenous peoples', through the 'universal human rights' paradigm, and above all through the illusion of the 'complexity imperative'. Notwithstanding, there is a growing understanding of the importance of localism, shared by international organisations and the civil society. Unfortunately, this understanding is yet to be adopted by the New Zealand government.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Law
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2014 01:40
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2017 05:32
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1802 Maori Law > 180202 Te Maori Whakahaere Rauemi (Maori Resource Law))
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160608 New Zealand Government and Politics

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