Research / Projects

Conditions for Participatory Environmental Governance in a Regional Context: The Baltic and Adriatic Sea Regions

In a more globalized world, with multiple governance levels and sources of authority, participatory
governance, with strong roles for such civil society actors as environmental organizations, is
increasingly seen as a remedy for dealing with transboundary environmental problems. But there are
some critical aspects regarding participatory governance that is so far little discussed in the literature,
and which require careful empirical analysis. How does participatory governance actually work in a
regional context, i.e. among neighboring states sharing environmental problems? What is required by
civil society actors to make a substantial impact within such governance arrangements?

The general aim of this project is to gain new knowledge on the conditions for environmental
organizations to play an influential role within regional participatory governance arrangements that aim to cope with environmental problems that stretch beyond national borders. We focus on marine
environmental problems and use a qualitative, comparative approach by including the Baltic Sea and the Adriatic Sea, and six selected nations within these regions.

The main questions addressed relate to how political institutions and legislation, on both national and
international levels, shape environmental organizations’ conditions to be part of environmental
governance processes; how these organizations develop capabilities and make use of opportunities
provided by governance structures and processes; and how people engaged in these organizations gain essential knowledge and competences which are needed for taking part in governance arrangements.
Four researchers representing political science, sociology, public law and adult education will conduct
the study.

Publications

In: . : .

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Patricia Jonason

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2015

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
Public Law

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: Multilevel Governance – from local communities to a true European community. Wien : Klein Publishing, 2015. -.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Patricia Jonason

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2015

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
Public Law

Research area for doctoral studies

Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society

In: Facing an unequal world. Yokohama : .

Most environmental problems are extremely long term and have cross-border implications. For environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) to achieve significant impact on environmental governance cross-border and sustained activities are required. The purpose of the paper is to identify key barriers and possible pathways to develop sustained and transnationalenvironmental activism among ENGOs operating in strikingly different political contexts.  Our analysis is based on qualitative methodology and empirical analyses of ENGOs in six countries (Sweden, Germany, Poland, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia) and two regional contexts, the Baltic Sea and the Adriatic Sea regions. The study is based on document analyses and semi-structured interviews with representatives from 4-6 key ENGOs in each country. The theoretical framework departs primarily from social movement theory.The paper reveals intriguing similarities and differences between the countries regarding ENGOs' abilities to develop sustained and cross-border activism. We pay particular attention to differences in opportunity structures for resource mobilization. The last decades, the European Union (EU) has emerged as a key opportunity structure that in various ways facilitate cross-border collaboration and capacity building among ENGOs, particularly in Central and Eastern European (CEE) Countries. However, the EU also considerably shapes the conditions for ENGOs to set independent long-term agendas. With the exception of Germany and Sweden, ENGOs rely heavily on their ability to develop a "project mind-set", which in turn requires fund-raising skills and procedures. Also ENGOs in Germany and Sweden make use of public grants. However, the fact that they historically have been able to mobilize huge number of members/supporters –which is still extremely difficult particularly in post-communist countries - have profound implications for abilities to develop transnational and sustained environmental activism. We discuss the role of (dis)trust (institutional vs. family-based trust), political culture and historical legacies to analyze these remarkably different conditions for resource mobilization.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Magnus Boström

Romina Rodela

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2014

School/Centre

School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Environmental Science

Research area for doctoral studies

Environmental Studies

In: On conference website. : .

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Patricia Jonason

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2013

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
Public Law

Research area for doctoral studies

Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society

In: . : .

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Mai-Brith Schartau


Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2013

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
Political Science

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: On conferensce website. : .

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Mai-Brith Schartau

Romina Rodela

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2013

School/Centre

School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental StudiesSchool of Social Sciences
Environmental SciencePolitical Science

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: . : .

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Linn Rabe

Magnus Boström

Romina Rodela

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2013

School/Centre

School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Environmental Science

Research area for doctoral studies

Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society

The Georgetown Public Policy Review 2013, 18 (2): 1-16.

A concrete result of the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban (COP17) was the establishment of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), with the aim of channelling $100 billion per year from developed countries to developing countries to support their efforts to respond to climate change and promote sustainable development. The emerging global architecture for climate finance raises significant questions related to public policy and environmental governance. Participatory governance practices, including freedom of information, are increasingly considered effective tools for both coping with environmental problems and finding sustainable solutions to development challenges. Moreover, without sufficient transparency in their decision making, the various climate funds are unlikely to attract a sufficient supply of urgently needed finance, and the ambitious targets of the GCF will be unmet. Yet, the question of the modality and process for governing climate finance is undetermined and obscure. The complexity of climate finance stems from a multi-level structure with international, regional, national, and sub-national actors; multi-sector dimensions, with both public and private donors and recipients; and the sector’s global/multilateral/multidirectional character. This article amplifies the “transparency pressure points” in climate finance generally and the GCF specifically. Public policymaking, in response to the many complex and urgent climate change challenges, may depend on securing the principle of freedom of information within the global climate finance architecture.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Richard Calland

Patricia Jonason

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2013

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
Public Law

Research area for doctoral studies

Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society

In: . : .

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Patricia Jonason

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2012

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
Public Law

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: . : .

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Patricia Jonason

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2012

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
Public Law

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: . : .

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Mai-Brith Schartau


Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2012

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
Political Science

Research area for doctoral studies

-

In: On conference website. : .

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Patricia Jonason

Mai-Brith Schartau

Michal Bron Jr

Magnus Boström


Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2012

School/Centre

CBEESSchool of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental StudiesSchool of Social Sciences
Environmental SciencePolitical SciencePublic Law

Research area for doctoral studies

-

Baltic Rim Economies : Quarterly Review 2011, 3 : 39-.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Mai-Brith Schartau


Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

Yes
2011

School/Centre

School of Social Sciences
Political Science

Research area for doctoral studies

-

Status

Finished

Project Manager

Mai-Brith Schartau

People linked to the project

Patricia Jonason
Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor
School of Social Sciences


Michal Bron, docent, Södertörns högskolebibliotek

 

More information

Project start: 2011
Project end: 2015

Financier: Östersjöstiftelsen

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe: Yes

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