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Accumulating Knowledge, Accumulating Pollution? Ecological Modernization in the United Kingdom

Maarten A. Hajer

in The Politics of Environmental Discourse

Published in print September 1997 | ISBN: 9780198293330
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599408 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019829333X.003.0005
 Accumulating Knowledge, Accumulating Pollution? Ecological Modernization in the United Kingdom

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Focuses on the history of the political problem of acid rain in the United Kingdom. Reconstructs two distinct discourse coalitions: a traditional pragmatic one and a coalition constructed around eco‐modernist ideas and concepts. It is shown how acid rain became an ‘emblematic’ issue via which actors sought to show that the traditional pragmatic approach to environmental policy making had become out of date.

Keywords: acid rain; discourse coalition; environmental policy; United Kingdom

Chapter.  27485 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environment

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