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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: 2019-11-11Bibliographically approved
Olsson, J. & Hysing, E. (2019). Aktivism bland offentliga tjänstemän. Fronesis (62-63), 123-132
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Aktivism bland offentliga tjänstemän
2019 (Swedish)In: Fronesis, ISSN 1404-2614, no 62-63, p. 123-132Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Tidskriftsföreningen Fronesis, 2019
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-80205 (URN)
Available from: 2020-02-26 Created: 2020-02-26 Last updated: 2020-02-26Bibliographically approved
Olsson, J. & Hysing, E. (2019). Inside activism: political agency and institutional change. In: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics: . Oxford: Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Inside activism: political agency and institutional change
2019 (English)In: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The theoretical concept of inside activism brings fresh light on institutional change by upgrading the importance of political agency within public organizations. Inside activism captures a specific empirical phenomenon, namely, public officials being committed to the agendas of civil society networks and organizations, and acting from inside public organizations to induce policy and institutional change. Inside activism upgrades political aspects of public organizations, recognizing the importance of authority, power, and combative action. Public organizations are institutionally shaped by continuous processes of consolidation and fragmentation. This means opportunities for inside activists to act politically, preferably in secret and subversive ways, and to further strengthen the fragmented nature of public organizations. Strategically, inside activists can work for institutional change by expanding their agency through the development of collective power and networking, using combative subversive strategy, working for cumulative effects and combinative solutions as well as to bend and break constraints on their actions (the 5C model). To induce change, they further exploit institutional ambiguities like “weak spots” of institutions and discrepancies between institutional rules and practices on the ground. The neglect of inside activism within institutional theory likely means that the possibility of institutional change has been underestimated and there is thus a need for a comprehensive research agenda on inside activism, political agency, and institutional change, which in this article is termed “new political institutionalism.”

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019
Keywords
inside activism, political agency, institutions, institutional change, expanding political agency, exploiting institutional ambiguities, new political institutionalism, public administration and policy
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-77794 (URN)10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.747 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-11-07 Created: 2019-11-07 Last updated: 2019-11-07Bibliographically approved
Olsson, J., Berg, M., Hysing, E., Kristianssen, A.-C. & Petersén, A. (2019). Policy i teori och praktik. Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Policy i teori och praktik
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2019 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Policy, offentliga organisationers handlingsinriktning - uttalad eller outtalad - som vägleder beslut och handlingar och som medför viktiga värdeprioriteringar, utgör själva innehållet i politiken. Den här boken ger en introduktion till hur policyprocessen fungerar i praktiken och hur policyforskare förstår och analyserar den. 

I boken första del beskrivs och problematiseras policyprocessens olika faser, från att en fråga hamnar på den politiska agendan till att en politisk reform utvärderas. I bokens andra del introduceras centrala teoritraditioner och perspektiv inom policyforskningen. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019. p. 369
Keywords
policy, offentlig förvaltning, policyprocess, policyanalys, policyproblem, agendasättning, policyformulering, politiska beslut, policyinstrument, styrmedel, governance, implementering, utvärdering, uppföljning, policyforskning, policyförändring, policyspridning
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-77793 (URN)9789144128092 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-11-07 Created: 2019-11-07 Last updated: 2019-11-07Bibliographically approved
Hysing, E. (2019). Responsibilization: The case of road safety governance. Regulation and Governance
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Responsibilization: The case of road safety governance
2019 (English)In: Regulation and Governance, ISSN 1748-5983, E-ISSN 1748-5991Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Governments are increasingly turning to new modes of governance to induce nonstate actors to voluntarily take responsibility for societal problems. Using the concept of responsibilization as a theoretical lens, this article analyzes changes in road safety governance in Sweden. How, why, and to whom has the responsibility for road safety been attributed in Swedish policymaking, and how have state authorities engaged in processes of responsibilization during its implementation? The results show a shift in attribution of responsibility from individual road users to a broad set of so-called system designers, based on moral, causal, and preventive rationales. Responsibilization both occurs within the state apparatus and is imposed by state authorities on nonstate actors using soft governance measures. Responsibilization provides a fruitful theoretical lens for governance studies by identifying shifts in responsibility (including deresponsibilization), explicating normative/ethical underpinnings of new governance modes, and helping to open the “black box” of the state.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Blackwell Publishing, 2019
Keywords
Governance, policy implementation, responsibility, state intervention, Sweden, vision zero.
National Category
Political Science Public Administration Studies
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-77188 (URN)10.1111/rego.12288 (DOI)000489565200001 ()
Funder
Swedish Transport Administration
Available from: 2019-10-11 Created: 2019-10-11 Last updated: 2020-02-13Bibliographically 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: 2020-01-30Bibliographically 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
Organisations
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