The Swedish forestry model: More of everything?

Lindahl, Karin Beland and Sténs, Anna and Sandström, Camilla and Johansson, Johanna and Lidskog, Rolf and Ranius, Thomas and Roberge, Jean-Michel (2015) The Swedish forestry model: More of everything? Forest Policy and Economics. ISSN 1389-9341

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Abstract “The Swedish forestry model” refers to the forest regime that evolved following the 1993 revision of the Swedish Forestry Act. It is key to Swedish forest politics and used to capture the essence of a sustainable way of managing forests. However, the ideas, institutions and practices comprising the model have not been comprehensively analyzed previously. Addressing this knowledge gap, we use frame analysis and a Pathways approach to investigate the underlying governance model, focusing on the way policy problems are addressed, goals, implementation procedures, outcomes and the resulting pathways to sustainability. We suggest that the institutionally embedded response to pressing sustainability challenges and increasing demands is expansion, inclusion and integration: more of everything. The more-of-everything pathway is influenced by ideas of ecological modernization and the optimistic view that existing resources can be increased. Our findings suggest that in effect it prioritizes the economic dimension of sustainability. While broadening out policy formulation it closes down the range of alternative outputs, a shortcoming that hampers its capacity to respond to current sustainability challenges. Consequently, there is a need for a broad public debate regarding not only the role of forests in future society, but also the operationalization of sustainable development.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Uncontrolled Keywords: Forest policy analysis; Forest governance; Frame analysis; Tradeoffs; Pathways to sustainability; Sweden
Future Forest Subject: Skogsbruk för många olika nyttor > Styrningsmodeller för skogsbruk
Skogsbruk för många olika nyttor > Värdekonflikter
Depositing User: Christer Enkvist
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 14:25
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2017 14:25

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