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Discourse and governance in sustainability transitions: An analysis of stakeholders at the industrial sector table of the Dutch National Climate Agreement

Beer, M.J. de (2019) Discourse and governance in sustainability transitions: An analysis of stakeholders at the industrial sector table of the Dutch National Climate Agreement.

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Abstract:To reach the goal of reducing the Netherlands’ greenhouse gas emissions by 49% by 2030 and start a sustainability transition, the Dutch government set up a process towards the National Climate Agreement. This policy-making process requires cooperation between a range of stakeholders with different, often opposing perspectives on the solutions and changes needed to combat climate change. This study focuses on the industrial sector companies and environmental organizations that participated in the negotiations. Previous research has shown that the way organizations and companies speak about and define environmental policy problems are decisive for the outcomes of such policies. This study looks at the discourses amongst the involved parties and whether these changed throughout the negotiations. This study also asks how the parties look back at the negotiation process and what role polarization in the public debate played in the agreement. To answer these questions, content analysis and a number of semi-structured interviews were performed. The results of this study provide insights that the Dutch government can use to improve the management of future processes similar to the National Climate Agreement and can advise the media in better covering the topic.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies BSc (56615)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78286
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