liu.seSearch for publications in DiVA
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • oxford
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Kött, ett klimatpolitiskt problem?: En diskursanalys om den svenska riksdagspolitiska debatten gällande köttkonsumtion, köttproduktion och styrmedel
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Meat, a climate policy problem?   : A discourse analysis about the Swedish parliamentary debate on meat consumption, meat production and policy instruments        (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this thesis is to create an understanding of the current meat politics in Sweden. The focus is to identify discourses articulated about meat consumption and meat production, as well as examining how discourses legitimize or reject policy instruments at the national level. This study will also look at the climate change questions influence on the meat politics.

The current and future meat consumption along with production is not seen as sustainable since the global consumption of meat is expected to rise 73 percent by 2050. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations alerts about the increasing climate impact, in terms of increased greenhouse gas emissions. From 1990 to 2013, Swedish meat consumption has increased by over 40 percent. Swedish consumption of meat reached the highest level in 2016, 87,7 kg per person and year. Public authorities at the national level and scientist argue that Swedish meat consumption needs to be reduced, but so far there has been few political actions to lower the meat consumption.

To create an understanding why the meat policy is structured the way it is, a discourse theory inspired by Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe is being used. The discourse theory is also used for analysis. Discourse analysis is used as a tool for analysing linguistic patterns with the purpose of identifying how it is spoken, debated about, and what the consequences are.

The result of the thesis shows that there are five discourses that frames the Swedish parliament debate about the meat consumptions and production; climate, health, national, international and consumer discourse. The national discourse is the most dominate and has a profound influence on the meat policy in Sweden. Even though there is awareness of the negative impact from meat consumption and production, other values are prioritized. For example, biodiversity and Swedish agricultural economy take precedence. Therefore, the influence of the climate change question on the meat policy it not that prominent.  In the Swedish parliamentary debate, informative policy instruments are seen as the most appropriate way of governing meat consumption and production in a sustainable direction. Public authorities at the national level and scientist argue that economic policy instruments or regulations are necessary to lower the consumption. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 80
Keyword [en]
Meat politics, meat consumption and production, climate change, discourse analysis, Swedish parliament debate
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-139445ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-A--17/02617--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-139445DiVA, id: diva2:1127838
Subject / course
Master Thesis in Political Science
Supervisors
Examiners
Available from: 2018-04-03 Created: 2017-07-19 Last updated: 2018-04-03Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Jensen, Emma
By organisation
Political Science
Public Administration Studies

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 10 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • oxford
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf