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Industrimoderniteten och miljöfrågans utmaningar: en analys av LO, SAF, Industriförbundet och miljöpolitiken 1965-2000
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2001 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Industrial modernity and the challenging environmental issue : an analyses of LO, SAF, Industriförbundet and environmental politics 1965-2000 (English)
Abstract [en]

The environmental issue has perhaps been the most difficult problem in the history of late industrial modernity. It has challenged the ideological and political confidence in modernisation and the cultural ethos of progress. Since the mid 1960's and onwards an environmental discourse has emerged and an environmental policy has been formed in Sweden. The politics of environmental discourse, during almost four decades, can be characterised as of changing from a mode of despair, ambivalence and restrictions towards industrial modernity, to a resurgence of the idea modernisation and progress taking environmental concern as a driving force. The challenging environmental issue is now in important respects considered integrated into the institutionai dimensions of modernity, and ecology is seen as a rationale for the further development of modernity in a process of ecological modernisation.

This thesis analyses the politics of environmental discourse between 1965-2000 in Sweden from an actor-oriented perspective. The main purpose of this study is to reconstruct and analyse the environmental issue from the perspective of the interest-organisations of the Swedish labour-market, Landsorganisationen (LO), Svenska arbetsgivareförening (SAF) and Sveriges Industriförbundet. This empirical research points to a fruitful way to explore the roots and development of ecological modernisation. The study shows that the interest-organisationshave been pivotal actors in the politics of environmental discourse and the formation of public environmental policy during this period. Furthermore, the results suggests that the environmental issue in certain respects transcends the more traditional political conflicts. A new pattern of consensus and conflicts through the discourse practice of the interest-organisations has been developed on the environmental issue.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet , 2001. , 281 p.
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 246
Keyword [en]
Interest-organisations, modernity, ecological modernisation, environmental policy
Keyword [sv]
Miljöfrågor, Miljöpolitik, Sverige, 1960-2000
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-35394Local ID: 26550ISBN: 91-7373-254-0OAI: diva2:256242
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2002-02-08, Eklundska salen, Hus I, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2014-08-28Bibliographically approved

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