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National Shades of Green: Comparing the Swedish and Danish Styles in Ecological Modernisation

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  • Andrew Jamison
  • Erik Baark

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Throughout Europe, science and technology policy within the environmental field is currently in a process of transformation, which has been characterised by many observers as ecological modernisation. Emphasis is being given to preventive principles and socalled cleaner technologies in the quest for a more sustainable development. Each European country has, however, adapted the new doctrines and practices in distinctive ways. The main aim of the paper is to show how contemporary policies have been shaped by history, more specifically, by institutional and cognitive traditions, and by national policy styles. By comparing 'ecological modernisation' in Sweden and Denmark, we attempt to indicate how such national cultural differences affect the ways in which science and technology policies in the environmental field are formulated and implemented.

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  • Andrew Jamison & Erik Baark, 1999. "National Shades of Green: Comparing the Swedish and Danish Styles in Ecological Modernisation," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 8(2), pages 199-218, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev8:ev811
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    1. Noel, Lance & Sovacool, Benjamin K., 2016. "Why Did Better Place Fail?: Range anxiety, interpretive flexibility, and electric vehicle promotion in Denmark and Israel," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 94(C), pages 377-386.

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    Keywords

    environmentalism; science policy; ecological modernisation; national styles; Sweden; Denmark;

    JEL classification:

    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • Q55 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Technological Innovation
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy

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