Freedom and the environment.
Since Kant, liberals have argued that a world filled with democracies would suffer fewer wars. Remarkably, a growing body of historical scholarship confirms that democratic states have not fought one another. A burgeoning literature now seeks to explain why this peace results. The present essay explores a different, though related, theme by asking whether democratization portends still other unforeseen but propitious consequences for the community of nations. Specifically, do democratic states take better care of the environment?
Original Publication Information
This article was originally published in Journal of Democracy, volume 6, number 3, in July 1995.
Payne, Rodger A., "Freedom and the environment." (1995). Faculty Scholarship. Paper 50.