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Protesternas makt i Sverige: hur mobilisering och alliansbyggande stoppade vattenkraftverket i Sölvbacka strömmar 1978-79
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3645-0399
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2015 (Swedish)In: Slagmark : tidsskrift for idéhistorie, ISSN 0108-8084, Vol. 71Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article describes and analyses how small protests against the construction of hydropower plant at local level can take a national scale and lead to a rare occasion where Swedish parliament overruns a governmental decision. This event in 1979 had significant consequences for the government, which had to pay 270 million crone compensation to the enterprise that was willing to build the plant in Sölvbacka in northern Sweden. With the reference to the research on political consequences of social movements, we propose that this small group of local activists achieved their goals thanks to the continued protests, help of significant political allies at the local and national level, and the general political context which dominated in Sweden after the elections in 1979. The study demonstrates that even small groups of citizens in the remote areas can have an impact on environmental or energy politics by sustaining its mobilisation and gaining support from important political allies.

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Århus: Århus Universitet , 2015. Vol. 71
Keyword [en]
Protests, Consequences of social movements, Hydropower plant, Sölvbacka, Sweden
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-253683OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-253683DiVA: diva2:815540
Available from: 2015-06-01 Created: 2015-06-01 Last updated: 2015-06-02Bibliographically approved

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