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Hall, P. & Hysing, E. (2019). Advancing voluntary chemical governance?: The case of the Swedish textile industry dialogue. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 62(6), 1001-1018
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Advancing voluntary chemical governance?: The case of the Swedish textile industry dialogue
2019 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, ISSN 0964-0568, E-ISSN 1360-0559, Vol. 62, no 6, p. 1001-1018Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Voluntary environmental governance is a widely used policy approach that has been criticized for its lack of effectiveness. This raises fundamental questions about how to design processes that can advance voluntary programmes in a way that makes them more successful. In this paper, we analyse a government-initiated dialogue process to phase out hazardous chemicals through voluntary action by the Swedish textile industry. The analysis shows that information transfer primarily motivated business participation, while consumer pressure, regulatory threats and traditions of government–business cooperation played minor roles. The institutional design of the dialogue ensured close interaction within a homogeneous group, but collective actions were limited by disagreement about the problems to be addressed, prior unilateral environmental commitments by leading companies, and ambivalent engagement. This case provides valuable insights into the effect of institutional design on the actual interplay between business and government and its effects on voluntary governance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Keywords
Voluntary environmental action; industry dialogue; chemical policy; textile industry; institutional design
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-67507 (URN)10.1080/09640568.2018.1457515 (DOI)000473521300004 ()2-s2.0-85046014784 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, 10240.31.0036
Available from: 2018-06-26 Created: 2018-06-26 Last updated: 2019-07-23Bibliographically approved
Boström, M., Andersson, E., Berg, M., Gustafsson, K. M., Gustavsson, E., Hysing, E., . . . Öhman, J. (2018). Conditions for Transformative Learning for Sustainable Development: A Theoretical Review and Approach. Sustainability, 10(12), Article ID 4479.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Conditions for Transformative Learning for Sustainable Development: A Theoretical Review and Approach
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2018 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 10, no 12, article id 4479Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Continued unsustainability and surpassed planetary boundaries require not only scientific and technological advances, but deep and enduring social and cultural changes. The purpose of this article is to contribute a theoretical approach to understand conditions and constraints for societal change towards sustainable development. In order to break with unsustainable norms, habits, practices, and structures, there is a need for learning for transformation, not only adaption. Based on a critical literature review within the field of learning for sustainable development, our approach is a development of the concept of transformative learning, by integrating three additional dimensions—Institutional Structures, Social Practices, and Conflict Perspectives. This approach acknowledges conflicts on macro, meso, and micro levels, as well as structural and cultural constraints. It contends that transformative learning is processual, interactional, long-term, and cumbersome. It takes place within existing institutions and social practices, while also transcending them. The article adopts an interdisciplinary social science perspective that acknowledges the importance of transformative learning in order for communities, organizations, and individuals to be able to deal with global sustainability problems, acknowledging the societal and personal conflicts involved in such transformation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2018
Keywords
conflict, institutional, learning, social change, social practice, structure, transformative
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-70403 (URN)10.3390/su10124479 (DOI)000455338100145 ()2-s2.0-85057440663 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-12-03 Created: 2018-12-03 Last updated: 2019-01-29Bibliographically approved
Hysing, E. (2018). Government engagement with political consumerism. In: Boström, Magnus; Micheletti, Michele; Oosterveer, Peter (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism: . Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Government engagement with political consumerism
2018 (English)In: The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism / [ed] Boström, Magnus; Micheletti, Michele; Oosterveer, Peter, Oxford University Press, 2018Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Political consumerism is described as a civil society response to perceived failures by governments to address global problems. It has been theorized as representing a challenge and complement to the state’s authority and legitimacy. This chapter reviews the roles of government in relation to political consumerism, focusing in particular on how governments have influenced the development and implementation of voluntary nongovernmental labeling schemes. The aim is to discern and discuss critical issues and debates on the interaction between government and political consumerism. It is concluded that political consumerism is part of a new governance landscape but that its development and effectiveness are fundamentally dependent on government. Political consumerism needs to be understood and critically researched in relation to a multifaceted understanding of government actors, responses, and interactions that recognizes both the varying conditions between states and the unique powers and responsibilities of government.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2018
Keywords
governance, state responses, legitimacy, authority, labeling, certification schemes
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-68600 (URN)10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190629038.013.35 (DOI)9780190629038 (ISBN)9780190629052 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-08-27 Created: 2018-08-27 Last updated: 2018-08-28Bibliographically approved
Hysing, E. & Lidskog, R. (2018). Policy Contestation over the Ecosystem Services Approach in Sweden. Society & Natural Resources, 31(4), 393-408
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Policy Contestation over the Ecosystem Services Approach in Sweden
2018 (English)In: Society & Natural Resources, ISSN 0894-1920, E-ISSN 1521-0723, Vol. 31, no 4, p. 393-408Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Ecosystem services (ES) is an important approach to biodiversity protection in political rhetoric and policy practice, but it is also highly contested. This paper analyzes the introduction of ES in Swedish environmental policy and how it is contested by key stakeholders, and discusses its implications for biodiversity governance. The results show that although ES is widely accepted on an abstract and conceptual level, critical features and functions are highly contested. These primarily concern the valuation of nature, and the appropriateness of different policy instruments and institutional structures. The paper concludes that while the controversy surrounding ES fills an important role by reinvigorating debate and stimulating reflections on biodiversity loss, it also illustrates how ES is used to further particular values and beliefs and to challenge traditional biodiversity-protecting strategies. Understanding these policy controversies is central to addressing the challenges of transforming the promises of ES into practical policies. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Keywords
Biodiversity, biodiversity governance, ecological compensation, ecosystem services, policy controversy, Swedish environmental policy
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-64139 (URN)10.1080/08941920.2017.1413719 (DOI)000425800500001 ()2-s2.0-85042350009 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Har ekosystemtjänsteansatsen någon betydelse? Utvärdering av dess politiska och praktiska effekter på Sveriges politik för biologisk mångfald
Available from: 2018-01-15 Created: 2018-01-15 Last updated: 2018-03-15Bibliographically approved
Hansla, A., Hysing, E., Nilsson, A. & Martinsson, J. (2017). Explaining voting behavior in the Gothenburg congestion tax referendum. Transport Policy, 53, 98-106
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Explaining voting behavior in the Gothenburg congestion tax referendum
2017 (English)In: Transport Policy, ISSN 0967-070X, E-ISSN 1879-310X, Vol. 53, p. 98-106Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Gothenburg congestion tax was introduced in 2013 and later subjected to a consultative referendum where the citizens, despite getting first-hand experience with the scheme, rejected it. This article explains voting behavior in the referendum using both self-expressed motives and five nested models to test various explanations suggested in previous research. Drawing on an extensive longitudinal study, we conclude first that although a majority voted against the tax in the referendum, attitudinal preferences have become more positive since its introduction – supporting previous findings and hypothesis of familiarity effects. Second, we present a model for voting behavior that explains significant portions of the variance, concluding that it is not the outcomes of the charges that are important, but rather if the charges are in line with basic values, if the uses of the revenues (in this case, infrastructure investments) are supported, and if the institutions and processes introducing the charges are perceived as legitimate, trustworthy, and responsive. The article ends with general policy recommendations on the basis of these findings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2017
Keywords
Congestion charges; Road pricing; Public referendum; Public acceptance
National Category
Political Science Economics and Business
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-52992 (URN)10.1016/j.tranpol.2016.10.003 (DOI)000390642700011 ()2-s2.0-84992381828 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 421-2010-1984
Available from: 2016-10-17 Created: 2016-10-17 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Hysing, E. & Olsson, J. (2017). Green inside activism for sustainable development: political agency and institutional change. Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Green inside activism for sustainable development: political agency and institutional change
2017 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This book considers how public sector institutions can be transformed to better support sustainable development by exploring the concept of green inside activism and its importance for institutional change. The phenomenon of inside activism has been shown to be crucial for green policy change and this book focuses on public officials as green inside activists, committed to green values and engaged in social movement, acting strategically from inside public administration to change public policy and institutions in line with such value commitment. The book theorizes how green inside activism can contribute to a more sustainable development through institutional change. This theorizing builds on and relates to highly relevant theoretical arguments in the existing literature. The authors also consider the legitimacy of inside activism and how it can be reconciled with democratic ideals. This innovative work will appeal to students and scholars of public policy, political science and environmental politics.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. p. 187
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-61301 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-56723-5 (DOI)978-3-319-56722-8 (ISBN)978-3-319-56723-5 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas
Available from: 2017-10-06 Created: 2017-10-06 Last updated: 2017-10-09Bibliographically approved
Hysing, E., Olsson, J. & Dahl, V. (2016). A radical public administration?: green radicalism and policy influence among local environmental officials in Sweden. Environmental Politics, 25(3), 535-552
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A radical public administration?: green radicalism and policy influence among local environmental officials in Sweden
2016 (English)In: Environmental Politics, ISSN 0964-4016, E-ISSN 1743-8934, Vol. 25, no 3, p. 535-552Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Green radicalism among local environmental officials in Sweden is examined with the aims of theoretically elaborating on different dimensions of Green radicalism in the context of public administration, exploring the dimensionality of Green radicalism among officials, and examining the extent to which Green radicalism is associated with policy influence. Three types of Green radicalism are identified: Green ethics, Green institutional change, and Green activism. Survey data (N=701) show that the three theoretical dimensions are present among officials, and that there is no negative association between radicalism and influence. It is primarily officials with Green activism beliefs who perceive themselves as able to influence policy. These findings suggest a need for more nuanced understanding of and further studies into the role of public administration in the quest for more radical Green reforms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2016
Keywords
policy change; public administration; Environmental radicalism; environmental activism; Green political theory
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-38943 (URN)10.1080/09644016.2015.1116679 (DOI)000371009000008 ()2-s2.0-84958149808 (Scopus ID)
Note

Funding Agency:

Swedish Research Council, Formas

Available from: 2014-11-23 Created: 2014-11-23 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Hysing, E. & Lundberg, E. (2016). Making governance networks more democratic: lessons from the Swedish governmental commissions. Critical Policy Studies, 10(1), 21-38
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Making governance networks more democratic: lessons from the Swedish governmental commissions
2016 (English)In: Critical Policy Studies, ISSN 1946-0171, E-ISSN 1946-018X, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 21-38Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Governance networks (GNs) are theorized as institutions for state–civil society interaction with important merits as well as shortcomings for effective and democratic governance. Here we compare GNs with a far less researched type of state–civil society interaction, the Swedish governmental commission (GC), critically discussing them in terms of organizational and functional features, the role of the state and democratic anchorage. Drawing on lessons from the institutional design of GCs, we contest the notion that well-functioning GNs require a low level of formal institutionalization and discuss how democratic problems with GNs could be addressed through a formal institutional framework that provides pre-established and generally applied ground rules, ensures elected politicians the final say on policy, and values broad participation and consultation. Recognizing that GNs are not a self-evident form for state–civil society interactions, traditional institutional designs should be more fully considered in the discussion and theorization of the democratic anchorage of GNs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2016
Keywords
governance networks; governmental commissions; metagovernance; advisory committees; neo-corporative institutions; state power; democratic governance; civil society organizations
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-38503 (URN)10.1080/19460171.2014.988163 (DOI)000385440800003 ()2-s2.0-84920837044 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2014-11-08 Created: 2014-11-08 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Lundberg, E. & Hysing, E. (2016). The Value of Participation: Exploring the Role of Public Consultations from the Vantage Point of Interest Groups. Scandinavian Political Studies, 39(1), 1-21
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Value of Participation: Exploring the Role of Public Consultations from the Vantage Point of Interest Groups
2016 (English)In: Scandinavian Political Studies, ISSN 0080-6757, E-ISSN 1467-9477, Vol. 39, no 1, p. 1-21Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Consulting interest groups is commonplace in the preparation of policies by democratic governments. It is often assumed that interest groups participate in consultations primarily for the purpose of influencing policy. This article goes beyond this simplified claim and empirically explores the role of consultations from the vantage point of interest groups. Drawing on the Swedish formalized referral process known as the 'remiss procedure' the article shows that interest groups not only participate in consultations in order to effectively change the policy proposal under consideration, but they also use the output of the process in other venues for policy influence, such as direct political contacts and opinion making, and to establish themselves, or maintain their status as legitimate actors in the eyes of the government. In addition, the remiss procedure appears to be intertwined with the groups' own 'internal life', promoting the development and anchorage of policy positions within the organizations. These insights are important for further understanding the promises, as well as the perils, of public consultation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2016
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46780 (URN)10.1111/1467-9477.12056 (DOI)000370449400001 ()2-s2.0-84958891289 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2015-11-25 Created: 2015-11-25 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved
Hysing, E. & Isaksson, K. (2015). Building acceptance for congestion charges: the Swedish experiences compared. Journal of Transport Geography, 49, 52-60
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Building acceptance for congestion charges: the Swedish experiences compared
2015 (English)In: Journal of Transport Geography, ISSN 0966-6923, E-ISSN 1873-1236, Vol. 49, p. 52-60Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Lack of public and political acceptance is the main barrier to introducing congestion charges. Here we compared the experiences of congestion charge introduction in the Swedish cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg, with the aim of explaining differences in political and public acceptance. The results showed the importance of procedural factors, such as the consistency of objectives in policy packages, communication and marketing efforts, and the use of public referendums, and of contextual factors, including urban form, level of congestion, and functioning of public transport. Important lessons were drawn between the two cities, but primarily on how to design, rather than secure public acceptance for, a congestion tax scheme. To build acceptance for congestion charges, close attention must be paid to the local political and geographical context when designing and implementing such a scheme.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2015
Keywords
Congestion charges, Road pricing, Transport policy, Acceptance, Implementation, Policy transfer
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46160 (URN)10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2015.10.008 (DOI)000367125500006 ()2-s2.0-84945571513 (Scopus ID)
Funder
VINNOVA
Note

Funding Agencies:

Stockholmia - Research and Publishing

Swedish Research Council Formas

Sustainable Transport Initiative, University of Gothenburg

Chalmers University of Technology

Available from: 2015-10-17 Created: 2015-10-17 Last updated: 2018-07-02Bibliographically approved
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