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Policy Contestation over the Ecosystem Services Approach in Sweden
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5322-4305
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. Environmental Sociology Section.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6735-0011
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. 

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. Vol. 31, no 4, p. 393-408
Keywords [en]
Biodiversity, biodiversity governance, ecological compensation, ecosystem services, policy controversy, Swedish environmental policy
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-64139DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1413719ISI: 000425800500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85042350009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-64139DiVA, id: diva2:1174026
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Har ekosystemtjänsteansatsen någon betydelse? Utvärdering av dess politiska och praktiska effekter på Sveriges politik för biologisk mångfaldAvailable from: 2018-01-15 Created: 2018-01-15 Last updated: 2018-03-15Bibliographically approved

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