This project analyses Swedish energy and environmental policies of the 1970s and 1980s on the basis of the activities and narratives of Birgitta Hambraeus and Birgitta Dahl, two influential politicians of the time.
The issue of energy in Sweden and the rest of the developed world has traditionally been the province of men. "Energy policy is a quintessential macho enterprise," Dahl said. The purpose of this project is to analyse the opportunities and limitations inherent to political practice. The inquiry proceeds from the environmental policies of the 1970s and 1980s as reflected by the activities and narratives of Hambraeus and Dahl. Both of them were highly influential politicians and integral to the discussion surrounding the adaptation of energy systems to contemporary sensibilities. Knowledge of that period is essential to understanding the structures that continue to sustain Sweden’s energy systems.