Freedom with what? Interpretations of “responsibility” in Swedish forestry practice

Löfmarck, Erik and Uggla, Ylva and Lidskog, Rolf (2017) Freedom with what? Interpretations of “responsibility” in Swedish forestry practice. Forest Policy and Economics, 75. pp. 34-40. ISSN 1389-9341

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Responsibility is a key aspect of all regulation, and forest regulation is no exception. How should responsibility be understood and used in a time characterized by complexity and uncertainty? This paper develops a typology that distinguishes six notions of responsibility and then employs it in analyzing interpretations of responsibility in Swedish forestry practice. The Swedish forest management system is a deregulated system structured by the governing principle of “freedom with responsibility.” By investigating how responsibility is understood and enacted by forest consultants and forest owners, we demonstrate the practical fluidity of the responsibility concept. We emphasize the need for an understanding of responsibility that fosters sensitivity and adaptiveness to external issues and actors in the face of uncertainty, and identify obstacles in current forestry policy and practice to enacting such an understanding.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Uncontrolled Keywords: Responsibility
Future Forest Subject: Skogsbruk för många olika nyttor > Styrningsmodeller för skogsbruk
Depositing User: Christer Enkvist
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2017 09:48
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2017 09:48

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