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The role of large carnivore committees in legitimising large carnivore management in Finland and Sweden: Environmental management
University of Eastern Finland.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. (Arcum)
2011 (English)In: Environmental Management, ISSN 0364-152X, E-ISSN 1432-1009, Vol. 48, no 1, 212-228 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many countries, including Sweden and Finland, are decentralizing the management of large carnivore species within their borders and emphasizing the role of stakeholder participation in legitimizing formal policy. Regional large carnivore committees (RLCCs), including representatives of authorities and non-governmental organizations, are essential to these endeavors. These committees are formally constituted in Sweden, whereas in Finland, they are informally developed from the bottom-up. In both countries, the declared roles of these committees are consultative. A comparative study based on survey data is described here, which address the question of how procedural legitimacy is shaped and maintained in institutional settings with different origins, such as top-down or bottom-up. The results indicate no clear difference in the representatives’ general satisfaction with the country-specific arrangements. Notable differences were found in specific perceptions of the clarity and purposes of the RLCCs. In both countries, the perceived rationale for the establishment of RLCCs emphasized the knowledge and expertise of the represented interest groups and authorities. Between the countries, similarities were also found in the strong links between overall satisfaction and personally perceived success and progress in communication and information exchange, i.e., deliberative processes. The capacity of the RLCCs to improve trust and acceptability with regard to different opinions was viewed as a key element underlying satisfactory RLCC activities, irrespective of the institutional settings.

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New York: Springer-Verlag New York, 2011. Vol. 48, no 1, 212-228 p.
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Procedural legitimacy, Large carnivores, Governance, Stakeholder participation, Institutions
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-54255DOI: 10.1007/s00267-011-9672-xOAI: diva2:517013
Available from: 2012-04-20 Created: 2012-04-20 Last updated: 2016-05-26Bibliographically approved

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