Ecological Modernization: Discourse and Institutional Change

Maarten A. Hajer

in The Politics of Environmental Discourse

Published in print September 1997 | ISBN: 9780198293330
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599408 | DOI:
 Ecological Modernization: Discourse and Institutional Change

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Discusses ecological modernization in the 1990s. Also makes the case that discourse indeed matters in the analysis of politics and policy. Gives a detailed account of the various discursive mechanisms that were at work in the regulation of acid rain. Concludes with a search for a ‘reflexive’ form of ecological modernization in which the new discourse is combined with the introduction of a set of institutional practices that make it possible to combine it with a notion of discursive democracy.

Keywords: discourse; discursive democracy; institutional change; reflexive institutions; reflexivity

Chapter.  12949 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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