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A clear case of 'doublespeak': the Swedish governmental SEA implementation discourse

Hilding-Rydevik T, Akerskog A


Discourse serves as a fundamental prerequisite for human action - as is displayed by the implementation in Swedish local spatial planning of the EU 'Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive' which forms the focus of this paper. The national Swedish SEA policy discourse, following from the EU Directive, presents a clear case of 'doublespeak'. The major mobilising metaphor emerging from the discourse analysis is the concept of efficiency backed by the pronouncement of continuity. Major benefits for local spatial planning are outlined while at the same time assurance is given that no new efforts or added costs are foreseen for the municipalities. The role of the SEA is downsized in relation to sustainable development and to the Environmental Impact Assessment of projects. In order to fully interrogate this debate the current paper combines a policy implementation approach with a discourse perspective.


Strategic Environmental Assessment; EU Directive; discourse; planning practice; Sweden

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Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
2011, Volym: 54, nummer: 4, artikelnummer: PII 936123770

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    • Globala målen

      SDG14 Hav och marina resurser

      UKÄ forskningsämne

      Statsvetenskap (exklusive studier av offentlig förvaltning och globaliseringsstudier)

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