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Title: Investigating environmental policies under various environmental discourses
Authors: Chung, RCM
Fong, SWP 
Shen, GQP 
Issue Date: Jul-2011
Source: Proceedings : 3rd International Postgraduate Conference on Infrastructure and Environment, v. 2, p. 526-532
Abstract: An environmental discourse is a set of unified contexts, approaches and beliefs surrounding an ideology that shapes the actions of governments and organizations in handling environmental issues. The embedded ideologies influence the hierarchy of issues and actors in handling the issues and ultimately determine how key actors and stakeholders interact.This paper explores the effect of environmental discourses in environmental policy formation and subsequent changes in policy style. Different environmental discourses will be investigated to understand the basic characteristics. Policy style in different developing countries will be assessed to identify their dominant discourse. The compatibility of the current social-political structure with sustainability will also be assessed. Discourse analysis helps to illustrate the prevailing environmental movement and policy style of a society, which in tum helps to show the way to greater sustainability.
Keywords: Environmental movement
Environmental policy
Discourse analysis
Ecological modernization
Publisher: Faculty of Construction and Land Use, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
ISBN: 978-988-17311-7-3
Rights: © 2011 Faculty of Construction and Land Use, The Hong Kong
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