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Institutionalization or wither away?: Twenty-five years of environmental policy integration under shifting governance models in Sweden
Stockholm University, Stockholm Environment Institute.
Stockholm University, Stockholm Environment Institute.
2015 (English)In: Environment and Planning. C, Government and Policy, ISSN 0263-774X, E-ISSN 1472-3425Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Snapshot views of environmental policy integration (EPI) practices fail to consider the stability of EPI over time – both as aspiration and performance. This paper reviews the evolution of EPI over more than two decades at the national level in the agriculture and energy sectors in Sweden – an EPI pioneer. We study how the extent of EPI stability can be explained partly by shifting political priorities by governments and partly by underlying governance models (actors and organizational landscape and policy instruments used). Comparing the two sectors, the institutionalization of EPI appears to be stronger in the energy sector. In the agricultural sector, the current reform of the Common Agricultural Policy seems to imply decreasing prominence of EPI – due to shrinking budgets for environmental targets along with greater policy goals complexity. Overall, observed shifts in governance have been mildly conducive to EPI by providing an infrastructure, but further enhancements require clear political priority awarded to the environment.

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environmental policy, governance, integration, agriculture, energy
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Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-124629DOI: 10.1177/0263774X15614726OAI: diva2:890396

Online 16 November 2015

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