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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 a 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 the 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:
Berg Monika
& Lidskog Rolf (2018) Deliberative democracy meets democratised science: a deliberative systems approach to global environmental governance. Environmental Politics 27 (1): 1-20 More about the publication

Hysing, Erik & Olsson, Jan (2018). Green inside activism for sustainable development: political agency and institutional change. Palgrave Macmillan. More about the publication

Hysing, Erik & Lidskog, Rolf (2018). Policy Contestation over the Ecosystem Services Approach in Sweden. Society & Natural Resources, 31 (4), 393-408. More about the publication

Zorell, Carolin (2019). Reconfiguring responsibilities between state and market: how the 'concept of the state' affects political consumerism. Acta Politica. More about the publication