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Where the grass is greener: criteria for ecologically rational governance

Lennart J. Lundqvist

in Sweden and Ecological Governance

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780719069024
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700549 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719069024.003.0001
Where the grass is greener: criteria for ecologically rational governance

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This chapter examines the extent to which policy measures taken in Sweden to achieve ecologically sustainable development shape and/or rearrange the structures and processes of governance in such a way that the collective outcome is ecologically rational and democratically acceptable. It explains the specific criteria for what constitutes a system of ecological governance with an institutional logic of ecological rationality and discusses the relations between society and the natural environment. The multiple spatial scales of society-environment relationships indicate that an ecologically rational system of governance is a multi-level endeavour.

Keywords: sustainable development; Sweden; policy measures; collective outcome; ecological governance; ecological rationality; society; natural environment; multi-level endeavour

Chapter.  7744 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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