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Straddling the fence: on the possibility of sustainability and democracy in advanced industrial nations

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/9780719069024.003.0008
Straddling the fence: on the possibility of sustainability and democracy in advanced industrial nations

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This chapter evaluates whether the Swedish government is actually straddling the fence over to sustainable development and whether this expands or limits citizens' opportunities to make autonomous choices of the good life. Though much of the Swedish strategy for a sustainable society is still in the making, it has done enough to warrant some conclusions as to the prospects for ecologically rational governance and outline some crucial aspects of governance as a conceptual framework for studying how societies try to solve their relationships to the natural environment. This chapter considers the Swedish case in relation to the arguments put forth in recent comparative studies of environmental politics and policies for sustainable development.

Keywords: sustainable development; autonomous choices; Swedish government; ecological governance; natural environment; societies; environmental politics

Chapter.  7011 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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