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How can we ever create participation when we are the ones who decide? On natural resource management practice and its readiness for change

Westberg, Lotten and Waldenström, Cecilia (2017). How can we ever create participation when we are the ones who decide? On natural resource management practice and its readiness for change. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. 19 , 654-667
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This article addresses the gap between demands for participatory approaches in natural resource management (NRM) policies and lack of such approaches in the work of environmental authorities. The analysis draws on practice theory, using the case of NRM practice created by Swedish County Administrative Board (CAB) officials. The data originate from officials' reflections during courses designed to strengthen their participatory and collaborative competences. Based on practice theory, officials are seen as participants of a routinised practice in which their interpretations of their work and roles are socially constructed. The analysis shows that the objective of this practice is to protect nature and mitigate resistance from stakeholders through information. These interpretations have acquired a reified nature, making them taken for granted. This stabilises the practice, maintaining the gap between demands in national policies and their implementation. To enable change in the CAB practice, the objective constructed by officials needs to be reinterpreted to produce a rule of law that can be justified and which concurrently permits stakeholder participation. To achieve changes in NRM officials' practice, these need to be seen in their institutional context and comprise the whole system, from international/EU auditing levels to Swedish CABs and the officials' everyday activities.

Authors/Creators:Westberg, Lotten and Waldenström, Cecilia
Title:How can we ever create participation when we are the ones who decide? On natural resource management practice and its readiness for change
Series Name/Journal:Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning
Year of publishing :2017
Volume:19
Page range:654-667
Number of Pages:14
ISSN:1523-908X
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 504 Sociology > Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
Keywords:Practice theory, policy practice, stability-change, routine, reification
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-81054
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-81054
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1080/1523908X.2016.1264298
Web of Science (WoS)000417640100007
ID Code:24595
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
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Deposited On:21 Jun 2021 14:51
Metadata Last Modified:21 Jun 2021 15:01

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