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Can We Talk Ourselves into Sustainability? The Role of Discourse in the Environmental Policy Process

Yvonne Rydin

Environmental Values 8(1999): 467-484. doi: 10.3197/096327199129341923

There has been a recent expansion of work within a variety of theoretical frameworks which looks at the role of discourses in policy and politics, much of it focused on environmental issues. Within this there is a particular category of polemical material which argues for discourse management and for managing discourse between actors towards achieving a particular goal, such as sustainable development. The paper examines the different ways in which the significance of environmental discourse is recognised and its influence analysed. It critically examines the claims made for normative discourse management and highlights the need to consider carefully the institutions through which environmental policy discourse is mediated.


KEYWORDS: environment, sustainability, environmental policy, discourse, policy agendas, collaborative planning

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles:

A Green Fist in a Velvet Glove: The Ecological State and Sustainable Development Lennart J. Lundqvist

Rhetoric as a Means for Sustainable Development Policy. Gael Plumecocq

Acceptance of a Payment for Ecosystem Services Scheme: The Decisive Influence of Collective Action. Jean-Pierre Del Corso, Thi Dieu Phuong Geneviève Nguyen, Charilaos Kephaliacos


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