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Divergent neighbors : corporatism and climate policy networks in Finland and Sweden

  • Antti Gronow
  • Tuomas Ylä-Anttila
  • Marcus Carson
  • Christofer Edling
Publishing year: 2019
Language: English
Pages: 1061-1083
Publication/Series: Environmental Politics
Volume: 28
Issue: 6
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Abstract english

Previous research has suggested that corporatist polities tend to enact more ambitious environmental policies than others. Here it is argued that the macro concept of corporatism can be dissected into three components: inclusiveness, consensualism and strength of tripartite organisations. These components of corporatism can be measured at the meso-level of policy networks. It is proposed that inclusiveness and consensualism are related to ambitious climate policy but exclusive tripartite coalitions can be detrimental for the ambitiousness of climate policy. This argument is backed by evidence from policy network surveys in two similar corporatist countries where climate change policies diverge: Sweden, where policies are ambitious, and Finland, where they are less so. It is found that in Sweden the climate change policy network is more consensual and slightly more inclusive, while in Finland tripartite organisations play a strong role.


  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
  • advocacy coalition framework
  • Climate change policy
  • corporatism
  • Finland
  • policy networks
  • Sweden


  • ISSN: 0964-4016
Christofer Edling
E-mail: christofer [dot] edling [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se


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I earned my PhD from Stockholm University in 1999. Between 2002 and 2005 I was Torgny Segerstedt Pro Futura Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study at Uppsala University. I received my Docent-title in 2003, and was appointed Associate Professor at Stockholm University in 2004. From 2006 to 2008 I was Head of the Department of Sociology at Stockholm university. Before coming to Lund in 2012 I served as Full Professor of Sociology at Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany. I have been a fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2004/05) and Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (2013).

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