Green Stagnation in Agriculture: Lobbying by the Danish Agricultural Sector and its Effects on a Transition to Sustainability

Viktor Moe

Student thesis: Master thesis


Denmark is attempting to limit its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with 70% by 2030 and the agricultural sector can play a role in this, being responsible for 23% of Danish GHG emissions. Many actors, including the agricultural interest organisation Landbrug & Fødevarer, has pledged to work towards a sustainability transition of Danish agriculture. This paper uses an inductive and qualitative approach to investigate how the work of Landbrug & Fødevarer attempts to influence a sustainability transition in Danish agriculture. Interview data and secondary, longitudinal data are used, and structured by the theories of the multi-level perspective and climate delay discourses. It is found that the organisation is affected almost entirely by the interests of its members rather than factors pushing for sustainability and through coping strategies is able to maintain a very stable and influential position in Danish political decision-making. In addition, the organisation uses this position to promote seven key arguments which are based on climate delay discourses aiming to avoid shortterm costs for its members. As a result, through its position and arguments, the work of the organisation slows and limits a sustainability transition of Danish agriculture.

EducationsMSc in International Business and Politics, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2021
Number of pages93
SupervisorsMaria J. Figueroa