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Contextualising the advocacy coalition framework: theorising change in Swedish forest policy
Örebro University, Department of Social and Political Sciences. (Democratic Government in Change)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5322-4305
Örebro University, Department of Social and Political Sciences. (Democratic Government in Change)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3602-1837
2008 (English)In: Environmental Politics, ISSN 0964-4016, E-ISSN 1743-8934, Vol. 17, no 5, p. 730-748Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF) is assessed and elaborated by applying it to the Swedish forestry policy subsystem, a dynamic subsystem in which environmental interests have challenged a dominating production coalition. Forest policy has changed as new ecological values and modes of governing have been introduced through an incremental, pragmatic learning process mediated by a pre-established partnership culture. This policy change is not satisfactorily explained by conventional ACF mechanisms (shocks and brokered learning). Policy change may be better understood if the ACF is nuanced and contextualised by recognising that the learning process has evolved over a long time within the ideological-discursive context of ecological modernisation, and that the forest sector has been under constant pressure due to its strong dependence on world markets.

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London: Routledge , 2008. Vol. 17, no 5, p. 730-748
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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-3321DOI: 10.1080/09644010802421471ISI: 000260572000003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-55949085792OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-3321DiVA, id: diva2:137618
Available from: 2008-12-01 Created: 2008-12-01 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Governing towards sustainability: environmental governance and policy change in Swedish forestry and transport
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Governing towards sustainability: environmental governance and policy change in Swedish forestry and transport
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Faced with environmental problems such as climate change and biodiversity loss, the dominant political response has been sustainable development, balancing environmental protection against economic prosperity and social justice. While political action is increasingly being called for, the role and capacity of the state is questioned – as captured neatly in the story from government to governance that implies a relocation of authority and power between policy levels and in public-private relations, as well as a radical restructuring within public administration. Taking its conceptual point of departure in theories of sustainable development, govern­ance, and policy change, this thesis assesses, explains, and theorises about recent developments of environmental governing within Swedish forestry and transport, two areas with high environmental impact and that involve strong eco­nomic val­ues and interests. The findings are presented in four articles that have all been published in leading academic journals. The thesis concludes that public policy has changed within both policy areas as environmental objectives and new modes of governing have been adopted – a development that can be characterised as governing towards sustainability. However, the storyline from government to governance is too simple to capture these changes. The state remains important in several ways (actor, arena, institutional structure, form of authority) and influ­ences society through a variety of modes of governing. Thus, governance and government remain relevant. To explain policy change we need to recognise mul­tiple barriers to and enablers of change as well as having a contextual under­standing of the policy area in focus. The thesis concludes by arguing that sustain­able development needs to be politicised in terms of visible political action and open political contestation between differing visions of a sustainable society.

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Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2010. p. 104
Series
Örebro Studies in Political Science, ISSN 1650-1632 ; 27
Keywords
governance, government, modes of governing, public policy, policy change, sustainable development, environmental politics, Swedish forestry, forest policy, Swedish transport, transport policy, politicisation, governing towards sustainability
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies) Social Sciences
Research subject
Political Science
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urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-9030 (URN)978-91-7668-712-3 (ISBN)
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2010-02-05, Hörsal L2, Långhuset, Örebro universitet, Örebro, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2010-01-12 Created: 2010-01-07 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved

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