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Constituting leadership via policy: Sweden as a pioneer of climate change mitigation

Sarasini, Steven LU (2009) In Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 14(7). p.635-653
Abstract
This paper examines Sweden’s role as a pioneer in mitigating climate change. Critical discourse analysis of climate and energy policy unveils Sweden’s ambition to ‘lead-by-example’, by virtue of a win-win combination of economy and environment via stringent regulations and an early-mover strategy on eco-innovations. The extent of the unilateral approach is constrained by concerns for the competitiveness of energy-intensive industries and a persistent debate on the fate of Swedish nuclear power. Whilst Sweden has made significant demonstrative progress in reducing emissions and introducing renewable energy sources, these issues may limit her role as a pioneer in years to come.
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ecological modernisation, Sweden, climate policy, pioneers, critical discourse analysis
in
Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change
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14
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7
pages
635 - 653
publisher
Springer
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  • wos:000282554100004
  • scopus:84894232978
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1573-1596
DOI
10.1007/s11027-009-9188-3
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Climate Initiative
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English
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  author       = {Sarasini, Steven},
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  keyword      = {ecological modernisation,Sweden,climate policy,pioneers,critical discourse analysis},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {7},
  pages        = {635--653},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change},
  title        = {Constituting leadership via policy: Sweden as a pioneer of climate change mitigation},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11027-009-9188-3},
  volume       = {14},
  year         = {2009},
}