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Regenerative Democracy for Envisioning and Fostering Flourishing Societies

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Interdisciplinary Center for the Unknown–Fostering Global Sustainability through Regenerative Change and Futures Studies, Lincoln, MA 01773, USA
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Graduate Program in Governance and Society, Federal University of Alfenas (PPGPS/UNIFAL-MG), Varginha 37048-395, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Strategy and International Business Department, Suffolk University, Boston, MA 02108, USA
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Academic Editor: Beniamino Murgante
Sustainability 2021, 13(11), 5808; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13115808
Received: 26 April 2021 / Revised: 19 May 2021 / Accepted: 20 May 2021 / Published: 21 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Social Ecology and Sustainability)
The main objective of this article is to propose a new concept of Regenerative Democracy for envisioning and fostering flourishing societies. In pursuing this goal, this study is structured in three research strands, as follows: (i) the proposition of a cohesive set of indices for assessing global democracy and its historical crisis, stability, and transitioning regimes; (ii) an evaluation of empirical correlations and interdependencies between global sustainability and democracy; and (iii) the proposition of a new concept of Regenerative Democracy and its respective system dynamics modeling archetype for portraying societal transitions and their respective patterns of behavior over time. The overall results and discussion of this study indicate an empirical trend of democratic instability, comprising a decline in quality distribution among democratic states and an increasing risk of socio-ecological degeneration. These results also reveal a highly interdependent relationship between historical achievements of essential societal needs and global democratic stability and consolidation. Finally, flourishing societies relies on social equity, political participation, intergenerational justice and solidarity, long-term thinking, and synergistic relationships between societies and Earth’s life-giving systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: democracy; regenerative cultures; global sustainability; doughnut economics; inequality; system dynamics democracy; regenerative cultures; global sustainability; doughnut economics; inequality; system dynamics
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Casarejos, F.; Rufin, C.; Engel, I. Regenerative Democracy for Envisioning and Fostering Flourishing Societies. Sustainability 2021, 13, 5808. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13115808

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Casarejos F, Rufin C, Engel I. Regenerative Democracy for Envisioning and Fostering Flourishing Societies. Sustainability. 2021; 13(11):5808. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13115808

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Casarejos, Fabricio, Carlos Rufin, and Ivan Engel. 2021. "Regenerative Democracy for Envisioning and Fostering Flourishing Societies" Sustainability 13, no. 11: 5808. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13115808

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