The Politics of Environmental Discourse: Ecological Modernization and the Policy Process

Paperback | October 1, 1997

byMaarten A. Hajer

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Dr Hajer's path-breaking study opens the way for a better understanding of the environmental conflict, showing how language can be seen to shape our view of what environmental politics is really about and how those perceptions can differ between countries. The author identifies the emergence and increasing political importance of 'ecological modernization' as a new concept in the language of environmental politics. This concept, which has come to replace the antagonistic debates of the 1970s, stresses the opportunities of environmental policy formodernizing the economy and stimulating the technological innovation. Combining abstract social theory with detailed empirical analysis, Martin Hajer illustrates the social and political dynamics of ecological modernization in a detailed analysis of the acid rain controversies in Great Britain and the Netherlands. He concludes by reflecting on the institutionalchallenge of the environmental politics in the years to come.

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Dr Hajer's path-breaking study opens the way for a better understanding of the environmental conflict, showing how language can be seen to shape our view of what environmental politics is really about and how those perceptions can differ between countries. The author identifies the emergence and increasing political importance of 'ec...

Maarten A. Hajer is at the Scientific Council for Government Policy, The Hague.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019829333X

ISBN - 13:9780198293330

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The New Environmental Conflict2. Discourse Analysis3. The Historical Roots of Ecological Modernization4. Accumulating Knowledge, Accumulating Pollution? Ecological Modernization in the United Kingdom5. The Micro-Powers of Apocalypse: Ecological Modernization in the Netherlands6. Ecological Modernization: Discourse and Institutional Change

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`This superb book is one of the few successful attempts to apply contemporary sociological thinking to a detailed empirical case-study in the environmental sphere in a way which is genuinely enlightening for policy makers as well as for academic scoial science disciplines ... an excellentbook'Simon Shackley, Global Environmental Change, vol.7 no.2 1997