Towards a decarbonized green state? The politics of low-carbon governance in Sweden

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In this chapter we explore how a decarbonized green state might develop. Climate governance provides venues towards decarbonization and for greening the state by steering and enabling transformative social change. We study low-carbon transitions in Sweden in a set of policy sectors for their potential to reduce carbon emissions, spur innovation and enter policy paths towards decarbonization. Sweden has been successful in supporting transitions in the energy sector but decarbonization is not institutionalized in the transport and industry sectors. While lacking a strategic focus on long-term decarbonization climate policy is dominated by the market-liberal norm of cost-efficiency.


Research areas and keywords

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  • Political Science


  • progressive incrementalism, climate governance, green state, decarbonization, transformative change, low-carbon transition
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking the Green State: Environmental Governance towards Climate and Sustainability Transitions
EditorsKarin Bäckstrand, Annica Kronsell
PublisherEarthscan Publications Ltd.
VolumeRoutledge Studies in Sustainability
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-79251-7
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch

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VolumeRoutledge Studies in Sustainability

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