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Svartvit profilbild av Karl Holmberg. Foto.

Karl Holmberg

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Svartvit profilbild av Karl Holmberg. Foto.

Narrating plastics governance : policy narratives in the European plastics strategy

Författare

  • Ellen Palm
  • Jacob Hasselbalch
  • Karl Holmberg
  • Tobias Dan Nielsen

Summary, in English

The European Union (EU) aspires to be an important global agenda-setter on how to treat and regulate the growing plastics problem. We present an analysis of the plastic policy narratives shaping European plastics governance, in particular through the European Commission’s Plastics Strategy. Our aim is to first uncover the policy narratives at play, and then examine how actors make use of those narratives through strategic construction. Based on interviews with key stakeholders and document analysis, we identify four narratives: fossil feedstock dependency, resource inefficiency, pollution, and toxicity. We find that the resource inefficiency and pollution narratives figure most prominently in European plastics governance, and that the circular economy is being advanced as a policy solution that cuts across the different narratives. However, surface agreement on the need for ‘circularity’ hides deeper-lying ideological divisions over what exactly the circular economy means and the different directions this implies for plastics governance.

Avdelning/ar

  • Institutionen för teknik och samhälle
  • Miljö- och energisystem
  • Statsvetenskapliga institutionen
  • BECC: Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate

Publiceringsår

2021-04-29

Språk

Engelska

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Environmental Politics

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Taylor & Francis

Ämne

  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
  • Environmental Sciences

Nyckelord

  • circular economy
  • European Commission
  • narrative policy framework
  • plastics
  • Policy narratives
  • strategic construction

Status

Epub

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 0964-4016