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Can We Talk Ourselves into Sustainability? The Role of Discourse in the Environmental Policy Process


  • Yvonne Rydin


There has been a recent expansion of work within a variety of theoretical frameworks which looks at the role of discourses in policy and politics, much of it focused on environmental issues. Within this there is a particular category of polemical material which argues for discourse management and for managing discourse between actors towards achieving a particular goal, such as sustainable development. The paper examines the different ways in which the significance of environmental discourse is recognised and its influence analysed. It critically examines the claims made for normative discourse management and highlights the need to consider carefully the institutions through which environmental policy discourse is mediated.

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  • Yvonne Rydin, 1999. "Can We Talk Ourselves into Sustainability? The Role of Discourse in the Environmental Policy Process," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 8(4), pages 467-484, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev8:ev824

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    1. Scrase, J. Ivan & Ockwell, David G., 2010. "The role of discourse and linguistic framing effects in sustaining high carbon energy policy--An accessible introduction," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(5), pages 2225-2233, May.

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    environment; sustainability; environmental policy; discourse; policy agendas; collaborative planning;

    JEL classification:

    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development


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