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Where the buck stops: governmental power and authority in democratic ecological 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/9780719069024.003.0007
Where the buck stops: governmental power and authority in democratic ecological governance

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This chapter examines how the emerging system of ecological governance in Sweden affects the political authority of democratic national government. It explains that governments engaging in efforts to bring about sustainable development are expected to encounter political opposition and competition among conflicting values and interests. It contends that sustainable development presents complications to both the normative delineation of legitimate political authority and the empirical views of government's role in governance. This chapter suggests that the balance between authority and autonomy in Swedish ecological governance may have to be reconsidered as the cross-generational striving for sustainable development proceeds in the years to come.

Keywords: ecological governance; Sweden; political authority; national government; sustainable development; conflicting values; autonomy

Chapter.  6912 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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