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Management of Large Carnivores in Fennoscandia: New Patterns of Regional Participation
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Joensuu, Joensuu, Finland.
Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Joensuu, Joensuu, Finland.
Department of Social Science, Bodö University College, Bodö, Norway.
2009 (English)In: Human Dimensions of Wildlife, ISSN 1087-1209, Vol. 14, no 1, 37-50 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Countries are increasingly shifting responsibility for large carnivore management from central to local government authorities. The three countries in Fennoscandia—Finland, Norway, and Sweden—are no exception. In all three countries new approaches to large carnivore management have emerged, including some elements of decentralization, which is intended to increase efficiency, and improve the equity, participation, and transparency of the government to the citizenry. Although the three countries are similar in terms of their biophysical and socioeconomic characteristics, they have chosen three different decentralization strategies. In Norway a representative model of decentralization has emerged, whereas the Swedish and Finnish model has a corporatist character. This comparative study of policies relating to the large carnivores in the three countries focuses on the actors, and their powers and accountability, and demonstrates that the different strategies result in no significant increase in power at the local or regional level.

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Taylor & Francis, 2009. Vol. 14, no 1, 37-50 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-31064DOI: 10.1080/10871200802304726OAI: diva2:290711
Available from: 2010-01-28 Created: 2010-01-28 Last updated: 2013-08-12Bibliographically approved

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