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Defining ecological restoration policy in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. (Arcum)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. (Arcum)
2014 (English)In: Studying public policy: an international approach / [ed] Michael Hill, Bristol/Chicago: Policy Press, 2014, 149-166 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the next contribution Anna Zachrisson and Katarina Eckerberg explore aspects of complexity in the formulation process in an examination of ecological restoration policy (ER), using Sweden as an empirical illustration. In Sweden there is of yet no particular Act directing ER, but elements of ER are found in several Acts and Bills which are included in this analysis. Nevertheless, ER activities are already taking place, often as projects within the context of a public funding programme aiming at ecological sustainability or nature conservation (in agriculture, water environments, forests and so on).

The analysis thus looks into the top-down element in policy formulation through taking departure in textual analyses of key policy documents, from the government and from the relevant central authorities. Evidence is also drawn from a data base that comprises Swedish central government-funded ER projects over the last ten year period. Specifically, it is analysed how the concept of ER is articulated and documented in government policy from the late 1980s until recently, and how the policy has been translated into implementation. This analysis comprises the policy objectives across levels, sectors and actors, as well as which policy instruments are emphasized and how they play out on the ground.

A non-dogmatic perspective is adopted here that sees the policy stages as interlinked rather than necessarily following a chronological order. With the programmatic result of the policy as contrast to the articulated policy goals, we are thereby able to discuss the relationship between the formulation and the implementation of ER policy in Sweden, and draw conclusions that go beyond the formulated policy as such.

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Bristol/Chicago: Policy Press, 2014. 149-166 p.
Keyword [en]
policy formulation, policy analysis, ecological restoration, biological diversity
National Category
Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-87211ISBN: 978-1-4473-1107-2OAI: diva2:707548
Ecological Restoration in Policy and Pratice (Restore)
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2009-450
Available from: 2014-03-24 Created: 2014-03-24 Last updated: 2016-05-16Bibliographically approved

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