Sustainability and politics: explaining the emergence of the 2020 Budapest Climate Assembly

Oross, D., Mátyás, E. and Gherghina, S. (2021) Sustainability and politics: explaining the emergence of the 2020 Budapest Climate Assembly. Sustainability, 13(11), 6100. (doi: 10.3390/su13116100)

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The relationship between political participation and the pursuit of sustainability at the local level has been investigated extensively in the literature. In this content, the emergence and extensive use of citizens’ assemblies receive particular attention. Much research focuses on the functioning of these assemblies and potential impact in the community. However, we know very little about why such initiatives occur. This article fills that gap in the literature and aims to explain why a citizens’ assembly on climate change was organized. It focuses on the Citizens’ Assembly in Budapest (Hungary), organized in the fall of 2020 with randomly selected citizens. The findings illustrate that although civil society initiated the deliberative process, the prime mover of the Citizens’ Assembly was political. Local politicians pursued this objective to fulfil their election pledges, ensure ideological consistency and promote sustainability.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This research was funded by Hungarian Scientific Research Fund, Grant Number (PD_131408).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Oross, D., Mátyás, E., and Gherghina, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Sustainability
ISSN (Online):2071-1050
Published Online:28 May 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Sustainability 13(11): 6100
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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