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  • 1.
    Boström, Magnus
    stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Environmental Organizations in New Forms of Political Participation: Ecological Modernization and the Making of Voluntary Rules2003In: Environmental Values, ISSN 0963-2719, E-ISSN 1752-7015, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 175-193Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Environmental organisations have been active since the early 1960s in putting environmental issues on the political agenda and in strengthening the environmental consciousness of the public. The struggle has been successful in the sense that there is now a strong demand for practical solutions among all kinds of actors. It is, however, difficult for states and political actors to manage environmental problems by traditional forms and instruments, due to the complex character of the problems. Therefore, environmental organisations take their own initiatives to participate in policy-making by developing new forms, within new arenas, with the help of new instruments (voluntary rules or standards). Special attention is paid to the possibilities of identifying and developing constructive roles in relation to other actors and institutions as well as the capacity to organise standardisation projects and to mobilise and make use of power resources such as symbolic capital and knowledge. In order to interpret characteristics and implications (possibilities and limitations) of standardisation strategies, I draw on the ecological modernisation perspective. Empirically, I refer to the role of Swedish environmental organisations in standardisation projects such as eco-labelling

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    Ojala, Maria
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Lidskog, Rolf
    Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
    What lies beneath the surface?: A case study of citizens' moral reasoning with regard to biodiversity2011In: Environmental Values, ISSN 0963-2719, E-ISSN 1752-7015, Vol. 20, no 2, p. 217-237Article in journal (Refereed)
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    This paper focuses on a Swedish case where a biological insecticide has been used to fight mosquitoes in order to reduce the nuisance to humans. The case concerns conflicting values regarding environmental protection. People's quality of life in the summers is placed in opposition to long-term risks to biodiversity. On the surface, the affected lay-population is one-sidedly positive about the intervention. However, interviews with citizens revealed a more complex picture, where the majority also touched upon value conflicts. At the same time, different psychological mechanisms for handling these dilemmas hindered more critical and doubtful views from being included in societal deliberations concerning the intervention. By way of conclusion, we argue that it is important to create deliberative arrangements that acknowledge the emotional and contradictory side of human nature and that encourage people to dare to voice standpoints that may be seen as uncomfortable or inconsistent.

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