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The Sustainable Society in Swedish Politics. Renewal and Continuity

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The aim of this article is to study how the ideas of a sustainable society have developed and adapted to Swedish politics. It starts with the assumption that new ideas have a greater possibility to make a difference if they adapt to the political culture, and if important actors make the ideas their own. This issue is studied for the years 1988-2004. One conclusion is that social democratic welfare ideology has given its imprint in the rhetoric of a sustainable society. Another conclusion is that the ideas has been obtained in party ideology from left to right and been adapted to traditional ideological differences. That is true not least for the means: state or market, regulation or competition, central or local, experts or democracy etc. On the surface the sustainable society could be seen as a common vision for the future but in politics on party level it is a controversial issue.

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  • Lundqvist, Torbjörn, 2006. "The Sustainable Society in Swedish Politics. Renewal and Continuity," Arbetsrapport 2006:7, Institute for Futures Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifswps:2006_007
    Note: ISSN 1652-120X; ISBN 13:978-91-89655-90-4; ISBN 10; 91-89655-90-7
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    sustainable society; Swedish politics;

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    • Z00 - Other Special Topics - - General - - - General

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