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The politics of recycling: a liberal democratic dilemma?
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1631-0591
2003 (English)In: European Environment, ISSN 0961-0405, E-ISSN 1099-0976, Vol. 13, no 2, p. 120-131Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Implementation of environmental sustainability, such as waste recycling policies, commonly requires people's active involvement. These ideas substantially challenge both established theoretical conceptions and people's daily habits. In this study, political recycling objectives are explored from two branches of political philosophy with different ideas about the proper relationships between individuals and the state - liberalism and communitarianism. Both perspectives are portrayed in traditional and green versions, while Sweden provides empirical illustrations, as a liberal democracy with significant communitarian features. Analyses show that increased freedom in other areas (e.g. in the economic field) is used to justify the restrictions in individual freedom that recycling entails. However, the conflict between environmental responsibilities and individual freedom of action crucial to the theoretical debate has little correspondence as Swedish recycling policy is presently being implemented. One set of environmental norms prevails in official documents at national and local levels, and people are anticipated to behave accordingly.

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2003. Vol. 13, no 2, p. 120-131
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-8112DOI: 10.1002/eet.315Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0038643519Local ID: 6923aaa0-8ea7-11dc-a188-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-8112DiVA, id: diva2:981003
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Validerad; 2003; 20071109 (carlun)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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