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Environmental governance and the state

Research theme II

Problems of continued unsustainability are increasingly being depicted as a governance failure which has provoked massive interest in various governance reforms and commitments to new modes of governance. While some argue that we need to look beyond the state to find viable ways for sustainable transformation there is also a renewed academic interest to bring the state back in as a progressive force for a green and just transformation and an important object of study in the analysis of environmental governance.

Research within this theme address crucial governance issues associated with environmental and sustainability challenges such as the institutional capacity of state environmental governance, the greening of business, green ethics in public administration, citizen participation and sustainable urban planning, political consumerism, and democracy and expertise in multi-level environmental governance.

Erik Hysing leads CESSS’s work on this theme.

Examples of publications in this theme (CESSS members are bolded):

Berg, M., & Lidskog, R. (2018). Deliberative democracy meets democratised science: A deliberative systems approach to global environmental governance. Environmental Politics, 27(1), 1–20. More about the publication

Gustafsson, K. M., & Lidskog, R. (2018). Boundary organizations and environmental governance: Performance, institutional design, and conceptual development. Climate Risk Management, 19, 1–11. More about the publication

Hysing, E. (2009). From government to governance? A comparison of environmental governing in Swedish forestry and transport. Governance, 22(4), 647–672. More about the publication

Hysing, E., & Lidskog, R. (2018). Policy contestation over the ecosystem services approach in Sweden. Society and Natural Resources, 31(4), 393–408. More about the publication

For more information on additional publications, visit each researcher’s individual web page, to which you find links in the tab ‘Researchers’ on CESSS’s start page.