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Who greens the northern light?: green inside activists in local environmental governing in Sweden
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Centrum för urbana och regionala studier)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5322-4305
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Democratic Government in Change)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3602-1837
2011 (English)In: Environment and Planning. C, Government and Policy, ISSN 0263-774X, E-ISSN 1472-3425, Vol. 29, no 4, p. 693-708Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With this paper we aim to further our understanding of local environmental governing by analysing green inside activists who use expert-based authority, networks, and a professional position within public administration to green government policy and action from the inside. Using new survey data, we identify and analyse who these actors are and whether they matter for local environmental governing in Sweden. The results show that green inside activists operate within 23% of the Swedish municipalities and that these municipalities score higher on three different measurements of environmental governing performance, which supports the conclusion that green inside activists do make a difference. We also show that green inside activists differ from other public officials working with environmental issues in that they are more frequently involved in policy making, have more extensive horizontal and vertical networks, and promote societal changes to a greater degree. We end by raising key questions concerning the democratic legitimacy of these actors.

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2011. Vol. 29, no 4, p. 693-708
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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-16474DOI: 10.1068/c10114ISI: 000295655500008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79961231689OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-16474DiVA, id: diva2:432868
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Swedish Research Council FormasAvailable from: 2011-08-08 Created: 2011-08-08 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved

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