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Mercury and radioactive waste disposal in Sweden: political handling at the local level
Örebro University, Department of Social and Political Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9274-3634
2002 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, ISSN 1464-3332, E-ISSN 1757-5605, Vol. 4, no 4, p. 425-447Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The paper analyses the political handling of mercury and radioactive waste disposal at the local level, and includes a case study of a Swedish community where there is a conflict concerning a planned deep repository of mercury. The analysis is based on two contrasting lines of planning theory, the trajectory of rational planning and the trajectory of communicative planning. In politics and planning on environmental matters, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a means of involving various actors in consultation. EIA refers both to a document that provides the basis for decisions and a working process, which can be seen as an endeavour to integrate the divergent trajectories of planning. Experiences from mercury and radioactive waste disposal, however, show a bias towards rational planning, giving scientific and technological expertise precedence to define the issue at stake. Likewise, the process of policy implementation shows a course with weak political commitment at the national as well as the local level of government.

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2002. Vol. 4, no 4, p. 425-447
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-4599DOI: 10.1142/S1464333202001145OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-4599DiVA, id: diva2:138898
Available from: 2008-09-22 Created: 2008-09-22 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved

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