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Freedom with what?: Interpretations of “responsibility” in Swedish forestry practice
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3679-3140
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9274-3634
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6735-0011
2017 (English)In: Forest Policy and Economics, ISSN 1389-9341, E-ISSN 1872-7050, Vol. 75, 34-40 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Responsibility is a key aspect of all regulation, and forest regulation is no exception. Howshould responsibility be understood and used in a time characterized by complexity and uncertainty? This paper develops a typology that distinguishes six notions of responsibility and then employs it in analyzing interpretations of responsibility in Swedish forestry practice. The Swedish forest management system is a deregulated system structured by the governing principle of “freedom with responsibility.” By investigating how responsibility is understood and enacted by forest consultants and forest owners, we demonstrate the practical fluidity of the responsibility concept. We emphasize the need for an understanding of responsibility that fosters sensitivity and adaptiveness to external issues and actors in the face of uncertainty, and identify obstacles in current forestry policy and practice to enacting such an understanding.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 75, 34-40 p.
Keyword [en]
Responsibility, regulation, norms, forest governance, forest policy
National Category
Sociology Forest Science
Research subject
Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-54518DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2016.12.004ISI: 000393263700004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85006507884OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-54518DiVA: diva2:1064328
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Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research
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Funding Agencies:

Forestry Research Institute of Sweden (Skogforsk)

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Umeå University

Available from: 2017-01-12 Created: 2017-01-12 Last updated: 2017-03-13Bibliographically approved

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