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Larson, Rebecca, 2019. Who is responsible for the shift to a more sustainable society? : how politicians view responsibility and accountability for environmental problems. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development

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Abstract

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Lately, an increased demand that politicians need to act stronger and faster in the fight against climate change has been heard from the public. At the same time, responsibility and accountability for the climate change question remain unclear, as well as what role different actors in society and politics should have in solving environmental problems.
Politicians represent a group in society that has been given power by the public to make political decisions. This study aims to gain an understanding, from the point of view of elected politicians, of who they think is responsible in the shift to a more sustainable society.
To reach the aim of this study, I have conducted nine semi-structured interviews with Swedish politicians. Using Carol Bacchi’s “What’s the problem represented to be?” (WPR) approach, the study looks at how politicians represent the problem of climate change through the solutions put forth, and who is seen as responsible. Furthermore, the study looks at how the respondents view their role in solving environmental problems.
The findings offer insights to how climate change is looked upon from the point of view of politicians and sheds light on the complex issue of responsibility and accountability in the shift to a more sustainable society.

Main title:Who is responsible for the shift to a more sustainable society?
Subtitle:how politicians view responsibility and accountability for environmental problems
Authors:Larson, Rebecca
Supervisor:Powell, Stina
Examiner:Fischer, Anke and Hallgren, Lars
Series:UNSPECIFIED
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2019
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM026 Environmental communication and management - Master's programme
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:Individualism, WPR approach, identity-protective cognition, knowledge, consumption, Swedish politics
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-10924
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-10924
Subjects:Nature conservation and land resources
Language:English
Deposited On:23 Sep 2019 08:45
Metadata Last Modified:04 Jun 2020 12:50

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