First published in 1999, this volume features 13 contributors with expertise in social science and environmental research who have brought together comparative 12 articles which study the connection between humanity and nature, focusing on comparisons between the Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. They are among the most homogeneous and hence most comparable societies in Europe. The articles reflect the need for environmental and political change recognised by social scientists and political scientists across the Nordic countries, with an emphasis on ecological modernisation. They first consider conceptions of the environment, before comparing both between and within these countries. The traditions and institutions presented in the volume reflect the comprehensiveness of the approaches used within the field in the Nordic countries.
Part 1. Introduction. 1. Comparisons and Environments. Ann-Sofie Hermanson and Marko Joas. Part 2. Creating Meanings and Conceptions of Environments. 2. Ecological Modernisation Capacity: Finding Patterns in the Mosaic of Case Studies. Mikael Skou Andersen. 3. Constructing the North in Arctic Environmental Cooperation. Monica Tennberg. 4. Views of Nature versus Policy Management Approaches in Nordic Environmental Administrations. Aard Mulders. Part 3. Comparing Between Nations – Politics, Policies and Administrations. 5. Green Movements and Their Political Development in the Nordic Countries. Ann-Sofie Hermanson. 6. The Social Paradigms of Environmental Performance: the Nordic Countries in an International Perspective. Detlef Jahn. 7. Building Up and Splitting Down: Environmental Policy Organisation in the Nordic Countries. Marko Joas. 8. The Nature of Environmental Policy Making: A Comparison of Danish hand Swedish Agri-Environmental Policy. Carsten Daugbjerg. Part 4. Comparing within Nations – Politics, Policies and Administrations. 9. The ‘Ifs’ and ‘Hows’ of Participation: NGOs and Sectoral Environmental Politics in Norway. Jan Erling Klausen and Ståle Opedal. 10. Centralisation and Decentralisation: The Case of Health Care and Environmental Protection in Sweden. Anders Bro. 11. Three Years Experience of EU Integration: The Case of the CAP and Agri-Environmental Subsidies in Finland 1995-1997. Anita Niemi-Iilahti and Pekka Jokinen. Part 5. Conclusion. 12. Nordic Environmental Policy in Transition: Ecological Modernisation and Beyond. Lennart J. Lundqvist.
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