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The Swedish forest sector's approach to a formalized forest policy within the EU
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
2013 (English)In: Forest Policy and Economics, ISSN 1389-9341, Vol. 26, 131-137 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper analyzes the Swedish forest sector's approach to a formalized forest policy within the EU; utilizing a revisited neo-functional framework focusing on cultivated spillover and non-governmental forest stakeholders' preferences and strategies. The study is based on in-depth interviews with central non-governmental representatives divided into four categories: forest owners, forest industry, environmental representatives and other representatives. The paper shows that, in spite of lacking interest and engagement in this issue on the Swedish government's side, the Swedish forest owners and the forest industry have made a U-turn and now welcome some form of formalized forest policy in the EU, as it would benefit their interests. They also believe they can influence the content of the integration process. This confirms the theoretical premise that organized interests, in this case non-governmental forestry stakeholders in Sweden, can act as pressure groups for further coordination and integration. National and transnational elites and their work in transnational networks and associations seem particularly important in this context.

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Elsevier, 2013. Vol. 26, 131-137 p.
Keyword [en]
Cultivated spillover, European Union, Forest policy, Neo-functionalism, Non-governmental actors, Sweden
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-63579DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2012.08.005OAI: diva2:582061
Available from: 2013-01-03 Created: 2013-01-03 Last updated: 2013-11-29Bibliographically approved

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