Green nationalism. Climate action and environmentalism in left nationalist parties

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Climate change is arguably the single most important political issue in the world today. As yet, however, there has been little research on the relationship between climate change and nationalism. In this contribution we investigate the possible existence of a 'green nationalism' among progressive and social democratic sub-state nationalist parties in minority nations. We identify an uncharted rhetorical and ideological continuity between how climate issues are perceived and championed among minority nations across time. This is a clear instance of 'frame bridging', where seemingly disparate policy elements are combined and reinforce one another. We show how sub-state political actors actively seek to use this link with climate-related environmental issues to bridge policy issues. We conclude by cautioning that it is unclear whether this sub-state 'green nationalism' might survive an ascent to statehood, in which state-building and other forms of realpolitik might trump and eclipse environmental concerns.

TidsskriftEnvironmental Politics
Udgave nummer7
Sider (fra-til)1089-1110
Antal sider22
StatusUdgivet - 10 nov. 2021

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