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Imagining socioecological transformation: An analysis of the Welsh Government’s policy innovations and orientations to the future / Anna, Pigott

Elememta: Science of the Anthropocene, Volume: 6, Issue: 1, Pages: 60 - 78

Swansea University Author: Anna, Pigott

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This article explores how the Welsh Government’s recent policy innovations in climate change and environmental sustainability can be read in terms of their imaginative capacity for transformation. The Welsh Government is one of only a few governments in the world to have a legal duty to sustainable...

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Published in: Elememta: Science of the Anthropocene
ISSN: E-ISSN: 2325-1026
Published: California University of California Press 2018
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