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Responsibilization: The case of road safety governance
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5322-4305
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.

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Blackwell Publishing, 2019.
Keywords [en]
Governance, policy implementation, responsibility, state intervention, Sweden, vision zero.
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Political Science Public Administration Studies
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-77188DOI: 10.1111/rego.12288ISI: 000489565200001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-77188DiVA, id: diva2:1360074
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Swedish Transport AdministrationAvailable from: 2019-10-11 Created: 2019-10-11 Last updated: 2019-11-20

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