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Sinclair, James, 2010. Rationality and forest utilization. Second cycle, A1E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



Within the Swedish context, forest utilization has progressively developed into a complex and dynamic system which connects and divides the diversity of forests interests who utilize the resource under the political mechanism designed to develop and protect its economic, environmental and social dimensions. This paper explores the Swedish Forest Agency’s (SFA) use of participation and dialogue in the context of achieving the environmental quality objective, Sustainable Forests. In doing so, provides insights into the challenges faced on the institutional level where objective success is dependent upon external and unified action. Using Habermas and the theory of ‘communicative rationality,’ there has emerged three categories of analysis from the empirical data (the process, knowledge and roles) which have illustrated the general success of the SFA’s National Advisory Council as a means of creating mutual understanding and collective perspectives. In saying that, this paper also identifies and suggests an institutional/organizational dependence upon contradicting means of legitimacy which create a divide between collective perspectives and unified environmental action.

Main title:Rationality and forest utilization
Authors:Sinclair, James
Supervisor:Hansen, Hans Peter
Examiner:Westberg, Lotten
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2010
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A1E
Student's programme affiliation:NG001 Environmental Communication and Management - Magister (1year master) Programme 60 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:Communication, Participation, Dialogue, Rationality
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Forestry - General aspects
Deposited On:03 Sep 2010 11:05
Metadata Last Modified:20 Apr 2012 14:15

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