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Environmental representatives: whom, what, and how are they representing?
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7215-2623
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9274-3634
Örebro University. Örebro universitet Holding AB .
2018 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, ISSN 1523-908X, E-ISSN 1522-7200, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 114-127Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Literature on environment and representation in politics, management, and deliberation has paid little attention on the people involved: environmental representatives. The aim of this paper is to illuminate how environmental representatives in various organizational and professional contexts understand their role as representatives, and how they are shaped by their contexts. The paper argues that it is crucial to learn about the everyday reality of individual representatives to better understand the limitations and possibilities they face. The study is based on 19 interviews with environmental representatives from five organizational and professional contexts: the state, civil society, business, science, and media in Sweden. The paper concludes that some differences in experiences, for example, in freedom and constraint, can be understood in relation to the representatives’organizational and professional affiliation. Other experiences are common: (i) all categories stated the importance of being impartial and well read; (ii) complex layers of affiliation imply that representation requires sensitivity and adjustment between different situations; and (iii) the performative aspects of representation include the representatives’claims-making, others’attributions, and long-term learning of their role. The article contributes an understanding of organizational conditions and the often paradoxical, layered, multifaceted, and cautious representation these individual actors perform.

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Routledge, 2018. Vol. 20, no 1, p. 114-127
Keywords [en]
Environment; organization; profession; representation; representatives; role
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-63810DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2017.1332522ISI: 000427056700008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85019758213OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-63810DiVA, id: diva2:1170555
Available from: 2018-01-03 Created: 2018-01-03 Last updated: 2018-04-13Bibliographically approved

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