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Sweden´s conflicting green leadership in the European Union
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Global Political Studies (GPS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8583-9504
chool of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2024 (English)In: European Politics and Society, ISSN 2374-5118, E-ISSN 2374-5126Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article examines the nuanced dynamics of green leadership within the European Union (EU), focusing on Sweden. Sweden has long been heralded as an exemplar of environmental and climate leadership within the European Union as well as a frontrunner in the adoption of green policies, notably in the realms of bioenergy and biofuels. However, its leadership stance has come under scrutiny due to the inherent conflicts within green initiatives, often referred to as ‘green-green dilemmas’ that arise when environmental actions, despite their sustainable intentions, clash over competing interests. Drawing on a variety of sources we delve into the complexities surrounding Sweden's green leadership. The article highlights how Sweden’s enthusiastic endorsement of bioenergy and biofuels, integral to its climate action strategy, has sparked debates and raised questions about Sweden´s perceived green leadership within the European Union. Sweden's approach to navigating these conflicts, alongside its efforts to negotiate and balance economic interests with environmental ambitions, offers a compelling insight into the challenges of maintaining green leadership in the face of conflicting green agendas.

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Taylor & Francis, 2024.
Keywords [en]
Green leadership, Swedish reputation, negotiation style, European Union, EU climate and sustainability politics, forest member states
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Global politics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-67025DOI: 10.1080/23745118.2024.2345689OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-67025DiVA, id: diva2:1855430
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Just Fossil-free Fuels: Can we equitably manage biofuels?, Swedish Research Council Formas
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2019-02023Available from: 2024-04-30 Created: 2024-04-30 Last updated: 2024-05-02Bibliographically approved

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