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Olle Frödin, private photo

Olle Frödin

Senior lecturer

Olle Frödin, private photo

Researching Governance for Sustainable Development: Some Conceptual Clarifications

Author

  • Olle Frödin

Summary, in English

This article addresses two problems characterizing policy thinking on environmental change and sustainable development. First, the role of the social sciences in the wider processes of governance is sometimes misrepresented such that the likelihood of achieving consensual decision-making on environmental phenomena is overestimated. Second, the social science discourse on governance is plagued by conceptual confusion. This article seeks to address these problems by outlining an analytical framework for environmental governance research. In the view of this article, scientific knowledge claims are integral parts of governance processes. The article advocates a holistic understanding of governance that includes the production and diffusion of scientific knowledge, political interaction, and decision-making as well as the wider institutional context required for policy implementation and enforcement. The conclusion is that the entire governance process from the translation of scientific knowledge into policy proposals to the implementation will always be laden with politically charged opportunity costs.

Department/s

  • Sociology

Publishing year

2015

Language

English

Pages

447-466

Publication/Series

Journal of Developing Societies

Volume

31

Issue

4

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Topic

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)

Keywords

  • science and technology studies
  • institutions
  • policy studies
  • environmental sociology
  • sustainability
  • governance
  • science-policy nexus
  • sociologi

Status

Published

Research group

  • Sustainability and Development Studies

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0169-796X