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Sweden and Ecological GovernanceStraddling the Fence$
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Lennart J. Lundqvist

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780719069024

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719069024.001.0001

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Where the buck stops: governmental power and authority in democratic ecological governance

Where the buck stops: governmental power and authority in democratic ecological governance

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(p.181) 7 Where the buck stops: governmental power and authority in democratic ecological governance
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Sweden and Ecological Governance
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Lennart J. Lundqvist

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719069024.003.0007

This chapter examines how the emerging system of ecological governance in Sweden affects the political authority of democratic national government. It explains that governments engaging in efforts to bring about sustainable development are expected to encounter political opposition and competition among conflicting values and interests. It contends that sustainable development presents complications to both the normative delineation of legitimate political authority and the empirical views of government's role in governance. This chapter suggests that the balance between authority and autonomy in Swedish ecological governance may have to be reconsidered as the cross-generational striving for sustainable development proceeds in the years to come.

Keywords:   ecological governance, Sweden, political authority, national government, sustainable development, conflicting values, autonomy

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