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Strategies for circular economy in the Nordics: a comparative analysis of directionality

Strategies for circular economy in the Nordics: a comparative analysis of directionality
Abstract. In this paper we mobilize sustainability transitions literature to explore directionality for circular economy (CE) transitions, by drawing on an

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A recent study published in the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society explores the strategies for circular economy (CE) transitions in the Nordics. The study found that the CE strategy documents in the Nordics lack clear political visions and fail to provide directionality for CE transitions. The paper emphasizes the need for radical system change and argues that strategy documents have the potential to offer opportunities for new path developments for CE. The study also discusses the theoretical background of CE transitions, innovation, policy, and directionality, as well as the importance of understanding territorial specificities in envisioning a successful CE transition. The research methodology involved a systematic document analysis of CE strategy documents in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. The study aims to stimulate discussions on how governments can effectively guide the transition towards a CE.

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