Miljömålet i skogsbruket: Styrning och frivillighet

Translated title of the contribution: The Environmental Goal of Swedish Forestry: Regulation and voluntariness

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This dissertation analyzes the changes in the way Swedish forest policy has been developed and implemented in the past few decades. Its primary focus is on the period from the adoption of new legislation governing forestry in 1993 to date, though the historical antecedents of the more recent developments are also discussed. The dissertation focuses primarily on the interplay between changes in the policy priorities enshrined in forest legislation and the changes in the steering and implementation means and resources available to achieve the aims of the recent forest policies. Various perspectives on public administration/public management are used to analyze the preconditions and opportunities available to state authorities to meet the environmental goals in forest policy. Furthermore, norm theory as developed within the sociology of law is applied to analyze how various categories of forest owners can be motivated to shoulder a greater responsibility for nature conservation and development and environmental activities. The tension between private forest owners? interests and public (both of the state and the public in general) interests, and possible ways around the tension also figure prominently in this study.

Central to the opportunities for success in obtaining the more ambitious environmental goals in a ?regulatory? setting characterized by a levelling of the status between authorities and forest owners and decreased resources and coercive capacities on part of the authorities, is the prospects for ?soft regulation.? Here we see an emphasis on bringing new actors into the policy formulation, interpretation and implementation arena, the development of new networks, the role of information and advisement in producing ?enlightened self-interest? and common frames of understanding. Ultimately what is aimed at is ?smart regulation? via the use of various forms of flexible instruments in a context where a greater number of stakeholders are involved. Thus the role of ?regulatory? authorities moves towards becoming a facilitator, or a ?motor? that as a partner promotes collaborative structures and cooperation.
Translated title of the contributionThe Environmental Goal of Swedish Forestry: Regulation and voluntariness
Original languageSwedish
Awarding Institution
  • Department of Sociology of Law
  • Hydén, Håkan, Supervisor
Award date2007 Jun 4
ISBN (Print)91-7267 -240 -4
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Bibliographical note

Defence details
Date: 2007-06-04
Time: 13:15
Place: LU 206 Universitetshuset, Universitetsplatsen Paradisgatan 2, Lund
External reviewer(s)
Name: Andenæs, Kristian
Title: Professor
Affiliation: Institutt for Kriminologi og rettssociologi, Universitetet i Oslo, PB 6706, St. Olavs Plass, 0130 Os

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Law and Society

Free keywords

  • Social sciences
  • soft regulation
  • governance
  • norm theory
  • environmental goals
  • forest owners
  • public administration
  • forest policy
  • forest legislation


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