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Environment, post-materialism and post-communism: Green politics in Estonia

Sikk, A; (2011) Environment, post-materialism and post-communism: Green politics in Estonia. Presented at: ESRC Seminar Series: Politics of Environment and Energy in the Nordic and Baltic States, UCL SSEES, London.

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Abstract

The paper discusses the ideological foundations of Green politics in a post-communist setting. Unlike most Green parties in Western Europe, the Estonian Green party is only partly post-materialist in its orientation and is placed close to the centre on the ideological spectrum. In combining environmental values with some socially conservative ones and emphasising technological innovation over limiting consumption, the party comes across as "ultra-" rather than "post-modernist". These discrepancies can be explained by historical and contextual socio-political factors, especially the nexus between socialist industrialisation and environmental degradation.

Type: Conference item (UNSPECIFIED)
Title: Environment, post-materialism and post-communism: Green politics in Estonia
Event: ESRC Seminar Series: Politics of Environment and Energy in the Nordic and Baltic States
Location: UCL SSEES, London
Dates: 30 September 2011 - 30 September 2011
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1350071
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