Spatial Planning and Sociology of Law: Sustainable development issues in constructing infrastructure for the third generation mobile telephone system in Sweden

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The infrastructure for the third generation of mobile telephony, UMTS, is under construction in Sweden. Within three years four operators were to build competing systems to cover 99,98 % of the population.

The case of the 3G infrastructure illustrates how sustainability issues are handled in planning and environmental management, with conflicting goals between institutional levels and contradictory legislation. At the national level economic and technological optimism and regional policy is in conflict with environmental and sustainability goals. No comprehensive assessment was made of the entire system; the infrastructure is assessed through one permit for each mast, at the local level, giving the administrative system an extreme challenge, and giving unexpected environmental and social outcomes as a result from the lack of comprehensive assessment.

Based on surveys of all local planning authorities, a regional sample of permit processes and examination of legal cases the paper examines the outcomes of the fragmented assessment of the local permit process level, from a sustainability perspective. What are the emerging effects and conflicts? The role of law in central planning with local outcomes in the case of regulating and controlling spatial planning in the case of 3G, will be analysed in this paper.


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  • Law and Society


  • Sustainability issues., 3G, The role of law in planning, Spatial Planning, Infrastructure for the third generation of mobile telephones system, Sociology of Law, Sustainable development, spatial planning and environmental management, UMTS
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch
EventLaw and Society Annual Meeting, 2013: Power, Privilege, and the Pursuit of Justice: Legal Challenges in Precarious Times - Boston, United States
Duration: 2013 May 302013 Jun 2


ConferenceLaw and Society Annual Meeting, 2013
CountryUnited States

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