Objectively best or most acceptable? Expert and lay knowledge in Swedish wind power permit processes

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Objectively best or most acceptable? Expert and lay knowledge in Swedish wind power permit processes. / Larsson, Stefan; Emmelin, Lars.

In: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Vol. 59, No. 8, 2016, p. 1360-1376.

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T1 - Objectively best or most acceptable? Expert and lay knowledge in Swedish wind power permit processes

AU - Larsson, Stefan

AU - Emmelin, Lars

PY - 2016

Y1 - 2016

N2 - This article analyses legal aspects of the Swedish wind power development, theoretically based on how different types of knowledge are represented in legal contexts, mainly in the courts. A sample of appealed wind power permits is analysed, a handful of relevant informants are interviewed – including two judges in the Land and Environment Court and the appeal court – and the legal setting is analysed. Of key interest here is the interplay between expert and lay statements in the court cases, which here is related to the concepts of calculating and communicative rationalities that are developed in the planning literature. The results indicate that the juridification – which takes place as a permit issue is appealed in the judiciary system – supports the calculating rationality more than the communicative, and that the plaintiffs often attempt to adapt in how they shape their argumentation.

AB - This article analyses legal aspects of the Swedish wind power development, theoretically based on how different types of knowledge are represented in legal contexts, mainly in the courts. A sample of appealed wind power permits is analysed, a handful of relevant informants are interviewed – including two judges in the Land and Environment Court and the appeal court – and the legal setting is analysed. Of key interest here is the interplay between expert and lay statements in the court cases, which here is related to the concepts of calculating and communicative rationalities that are developed in the planning literature. The results indicate that the juridification – which takes place as a permit issue is appealed in the judiciary system – supports the calculating rationality more than the communicative, and that the plaintiffs often attempt to adapt in how they shape their argumentation.

KW - wind power

KW - spatial planning

KW - knowledge types

KW - expert/lay

KW - juridification

U2 - 10.1080/09640568.2015.1076383

DO - 10.1080/09640568.2015.1076383

M3 - Article

VL - 59

SP - 1360

EP - 1376

JO - Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

T2 - Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

JF - Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

SN - 1360-0559

IS - 8

ER -