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How green growth is adopted by local policy - a comparative study of ten second-rank cities in Sweden
Centre for Municipality Studies, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4376-7493
2018 (English)In: Scottish Geographical Journal, ISSN 1470-2541, E-ISSN 1751-665X, Vol. 134, no 3-4, p. 184-202Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The 1992 Rio Earth Summit represented a crucial point in time at which the key role of the local level for sustainable development was importantly endorsed. However, since this UN summit, ideals about how to design local sustainable development have changed significantly. This paper investigates how local policy in ten second-rank cities in Sweden has adopted decoupling arguments and endorsed green growth concepts established through international governance communities. Using content analysis of politically ratified steering documents in these cities, the main findings suggest that local strategising related to the policy goals of green growth is mainly related to energy efficiency. Derived from the decoupling argument, one factor behind shallow integration of green growth into municipal policy is that green growth could be considered a political and contested concept. The fact that there has been limited implementation of this framework across the investigated municipalities prompts reflections on how the results could be explained by institutional match' or mismatch' between local institutional environments for policy interventions and the green growth concepts promoted by international communities. The adoption of green growth concepts requires local authorities to broaden their commitment for interventions in interactions with industry and business.

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Routledge, 2018. Vol. 134, no 3-4, p. 184-202
Keywords [en]
Sustainable development, green growth, local policy, local authorities, municipalities, governance, second-rank cities, Sweden
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-70699DOI: 10.1080/14702541.2018.1541474ISI: 000451529400007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85055541634OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-70699DiVA, id: diva2:1269891
Available from: 2018-12-11 Created: 2018-12-11 Last updated: 2018-12-11Bibliographically approved

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