chapter  8
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Constitutional political change

Green votes and Green representation
With Franks Benjamin , Hanscomb Stuart , Johnston Sean F.

The previous chapter outlined how both advocates of neoliberalism like Milton Friedman and opponents like Joel Bakan identified the importance of government in formulating and enforcing regulation for the common good. For Friedman, ultimately best outcomes were achieved by governments limiting their role to protecting property rights and enforcing contracts; for Bakan, it is by restricting the power of economic oligarchies, enabling some degree of social provision and having an interventionist state to protect vulnerable ecological entities. This chapter describes and assesses the ways in which political activity through the nation-state can be used to bring about ecological behavioural change.