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In search of sufficiency politics: the case of Sweden
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3215-6793
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6882-2735
2021 (English)In: Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, E-ISSN 1548-7733, Vol. 17, no 1, p. 194-208Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In transitions toward more sustainable and just societies, there is an urgent need to address overconsumption and to include a sufficiency perspective. This article contributes to previous research by exploring what a framework for a politics of sufficiency might entail and how such a framework can be used to analyze existing public policy. Our case analysis is the policy field of sustainable consumption and waste prevention in the context of Sweden. Based on interviews with public officials and civil society representatives, we identify key areas to address when aiming for a sufficiency orientation. Our results suggest that local and regional governments that strive for a commitment to sufficiency should formulate clear goals that serve to set environmental limits, for instance, in the form of carbon budgets, and then steer toward well-being for the inhabitants within these limits. Efforts should be made to secure stable funding for work within sustainable consumption and waste prevention, especially for projects with synergies in terms of reducing consumption and strengthening non-market relations. Using public procurement is another key tool. In the absence of an overall national politics of sufficiency, the above-mentioned strategies can be and already are to some degree, used by authorities in Sweden.

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Informa UK Limited , 2021. Vol. 17, no 1, p. 194-208
Keywords [en]
public policy, Sufficiency, sufficiency politics, sustainable consumption
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-309990DOI: 10.1080/15487733.2021.1926684ISI: 000891833800017Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85107838313OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-309990DiVA, id: diva2:1645191
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Available from: 2022-03-16 Created: 2022-03-16 Last updated: 2023-01-09Bibliographically approved

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