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Does Collaboration Lead to Sustainability? A Study of Public-Private Partnerships in the Swedish Mountains
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6845-5525
2017 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 9, no 10, 1685-1707 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The conflicts that are frequently manifested in the Swedish mountains often stem from the use and preservation of natural resources: resistance against protected area proposals, protests concerning the management of large carnivores, felling of old-growth forests, and disputes over who should be allowed to hunt or fish are commonplace. There are currently strong trends, both in national and international policy making, towards leaning on various forms of collaborative governance arrangements to deal with such policy failures. Consequently, various forms of partnerships have been initiated to promote more sustainable practices in mountain regions of Sweden. But to what extent does the creation of collaborative arrangements in natural resource management improve policy output and sustainability outcomes? To examine the issue, data was extracted from 47 semi-structured interviews with 39 project leaders and eight county officials, the sample being randomly selected from a database of 245 public-private collaborative projects in the Swedish mountains. The results indicate that partnerships do lead to improved sustainability – especially when it comes to social outcomes. There is, however, a need for more systematic follow-ups by practitioners, particularly on ecological outcomes where the country administrative boards should take a leading role and facilitate such evaluations in the future.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basel, Switzerland, 2017. Vol. 9, no 10, 1685-1707 p.
Keyword [en]
collaboration; public-private partnership; policy output; outcomes; sustainability; follow-up; evaluation; natural resource management; Swedish mountains
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
sustainable development
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-139652DOI: 10.3390/su9101685OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-139652DiVA: diva2:1142682
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Fjällsamverkan
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Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
Available from: 2017-09-20 Created: 2017-09-20 Last updated: 2017-10-09

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