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Straddling the fence

Sweden is seen as a forerunner in environmental and ecological policy. This book is about policies and strategies for ecologically rational governance, and uses the Swedish case study to ask whether or not it is possible to move from a traditional environmental policy to a broad, integrated pursuit of sustainable development, as illustrated through the ‘Sustainable Sweden’ programme. It begins by looking at the spatial dimensions of ecological governance, and goes on to consider the integration and effectiveness of sustainable development policies. The book analyses the tension between democracy and sustainable development, which has a broader relevance beyond the Swedish model, to other nation states as well as the European Union as a whole. It offers the latest word in advanced implementation of sustainable development.

Lennart J. Lundqvist

1997). The 1997/98 Cabinet Bill on National Environmental Objectives put much emphasis on the idea of A Sustainable Sweden. A broad conception of sustainable development is used. The Cabinet stated that the 15 long-term NEOs (see further below, pp. 65–7) should guide all physical planning. ‘Through cooperation across sectoral lines, national and municipal authorities shall promote an ecologically sustainable development with a good living environment for all’ (Cabinet Bill 1997/98:145, p. 321 ff.). New instruments were conceived. Regional environmental and resource

in Sweden and ecological governance
Lennart J. Lundqvist

Göran Persson, Parliamentary Record January 22, 1997). The DESD proposal for A Sustainable Sweden came in March 1997. The proposed Sustainability Investment Programme included (1) one billion SEK to eco-cycle adjustment of built environments and infrastructure, (2) nine billion SEK to eco-cycle transformation of the Swedish energy system, and (3) six billion SEK to local sustainability investments by municipal governments (DESD 1997). In its April 1997 Economic Bill to the Parliament, the Cabinet proposed 12,6 billion SEK for the period 1998–2000 to local investment

in Sweden and ecological governance
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On the possibility of sustainability and democracy in advanced industrial nations
Lennart J. Lundqvist

consciously heuristic; Sweden is viewed in recent scholarly debate as a forerunner on matters of environmental and ecological policy, and its launching of the programme for ‘Sustainable Sweden’ seemed to corroborate that view. If any country has come anywhere near meeting the criteria for ecologically rational government, Sweden might be that country. Given the evidence laid out in the preceding chapters, what remains to be assessed here is whether this is actually the case. The other was concern for cumulativity; much has been written on how ecological governance or an

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The knowledge base of ecological governance
Lennart J. Lundqvist

Planning – (FORMAS) – began its activities in the second half of the year 2000. The Cabinet’s priorities as to the what and how of research within FORMAS’s area of responsibility reflect efforts to carefully balance all the multi-faceted demands made on research for sustainable development. Charged with initiating and co-ordinating research of importance to the society’s transition to ‘Sustainable Sweden’, FORMAS is to give priority to research on positive and negative relations among ecologically, economically and socially sustainable development. But it should also

in Sweden and ecological governance
Lennart J. Lundqvist

, Agriculture, Taxation, Basic Education, and the Junior Minister of Labour, this group’s first, and explicitly short-term, assignment was to ‘develop a platform for the Cabinet’s comprehensive policy for an ecologically sustainable society.’ (Cf. Cabinet Bill 1997/98:150, Part 5). Only two months later, in March 1997, the five Ministers presented their proposal for ‘A Sustainable Sweden’. Defining sustainable development in terms of protection of the environment, efficient resource use, and secured long-term eco-system capacity, the Ministerial Delegation emphasised the

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Governmental power and authority in democratic ecological governance
Lennart J. Lundqvist

Sustainable Sweden’ makes it extremely important that the processes and measures infused by government into ecological governance prove successful. If they do not, the blame will particularly fall on national government, which may lead to losses in the legitimacy of that programme. No trespassing? Political authority and individual autonomy in ecological governance The question of how we should govern ourselves so as to value democracy and individual autonomy and still retain the integrity of the commons directs our attention to three things. First, ‘to govern ourselves

in Sweden and ecological governance
Criteria for ecologically rational governance
Lennart J. Lundqvist

People’s Home in broad consensus on the conditions for production, 2579Ch1 12/8/03 2 11:46 AM Page 2 Sweden and ecological governance increased standards of living, and security for everyone. Now, we have a similar mission. We will realise the vision of a green welfare state ’ (see Persson 1997, italics added). The eighteen months following Mr. Persson’s Cabinet Policy Declaration witnessed a dramatic moulding of ecological, socioeconomic and political aspects into a policy for an ‘Ecologically Sustainable Sweden’, and the process of change continues. This book

in Sweden and ecological governance
Lennart J. Lundqvist

citizens or incentive-reacting consumers? Given Uhrwing’s conclusions about the importance of specific organisational resources for effective participation and influence, it is of interest to compare the contents of recommendations for participation in three commission reports issued in the year 2000, all with a bearing on the future of Sustainable Sweden. The very first commission to report in the new millennium was that of the parliamentary Democracy Commission. Entitled Sustainable Democracy!, its 300-page report discusses the prospects for a widened democratic

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