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The Politics of Environmental DiscourseEcological Modernization and the Policy Process$
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Maarten A. Hajer

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198293330

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019829333X.001.0001

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Ecological Modernization: Discourse and Institutional Change

Ecological Modernization: Discourse and Institutional Change

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The Politics of Environmental Discourse

Maarten A. Hajer (Contributor Webpage)

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Discusses ecological modernization in the 1990s. Also makes the case that discourse indeed matters in the analysis of politics and policy. Gives a detailed account of the various discursive mechanisms that were at work in the regulation of acid rain. Concludes with a search for a ‘reflexive’ form of ecological modernization in which the new discourse is combined with the introduction of a set of institutional practices that make it possible to combine it with a notion of discursive democracy.

Keywords:   discourse, discursive democracy, institutional change, reflexive institutions, reflexivity

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