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Forests in a bioeconomy: bridge, boundary or divide?

Hodge, Daniel and Brukas, Vilis and Giurca, Alexandru (2017). Forests in a bioeconomy: bridge, boundary or divide? Scandinavian journal of forest research. 32 :7 , 582-587
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02827581.2017.1315833


Bioeconomy is an emerging concept that is gaining momentum both in science and policy. Within the forest sector, the bioeconomy discourse is already shaping the international forest policy debate. Given the sector's importance for the national economy, this study investigates the perceptions of bioeconomy by forest owners, forest industry and ENGOs in Sweden. Drawing on cognitive and ideological dimensions of political bargaining, we analyse to which extent the bioeconomy serves as a bridging concept, a dividing concept or a boundary object. The results show that the bioeconomy is a broadly accepted concept, perceived as a natural extension of the Swedish forestry model. Results indicate that bioeconomy is well aligned with the key characteristics of a boundary object, that is, serving specific interests of different forest stakeholders under the generally accepted conceptual umbrella. We did not identify dividing effects of any substance. On the contrary, the interviews provide a strong indication that bioeconomy serves the Swedish forest sector as a bridging concept that brings closer rather than antagonises the different actors.

Authors/Creators:Hodge, Daniel and Brukas, Vilis and Giurca, Alexandru
Title:Forests in a bioeconomy: bridge, boundary or divide?
Series Name/Journal:Scandinavian journal of forest research
Year of publishing :2017
Page range:582-587
Number of Pages:6
Publisher:Taylor & Francis Group
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:K Forestry > K01 Forestry - General aspects
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Economics
Keywords:Bioeconomy, forest sector, Sweden, bridging concept, boundary object, frame analysis
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Web of Science (WoS)000408916900005
ID Code:15128
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
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Deposited On:08 Mar 2018 13:10
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