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Nyblom, Å., Isaksson, K., Sanctuary, M., Fransolet, A. & Stigson, P. (2019). Governance and Degrowth. Lessons from the 2008 Financial Crisis in Latvia and Iceland. Sustainability, 11(6), Article ID 1734.
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2019 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 11, no 6, article id 1734Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates the role of governance dimensions in socio-economic transitions in line with degrowth, i.e., an equitable downscaling of the economy. Our focus is on experiences from the 2008 economic crisis in Latvia and Iceland. Although these cases are not in themselves examples of degrowth, we see them as important sources of empirical learning from major socio-economical transitions; furthermore, we see crises as possible starting points for future degrowth transitions. This paper applies a governance framework to explore the vast differences in management strategies and crisis outcomes in Latvia and Iceland. In Iceland, public resistance led to a shift in policy measures such that economic inequality and the negative social consequences of the crisis decreased. In Latvia, public resistance existed but had no strong influence. The outcome in Latvia included none of the elements of equitable downscaling found in the case of Iceland. These two cases show how differences in formal institutional arrangements, political culture and societal trust affect different governance dimensions during a time of crisis. The analysis illustrates the importance of institutional and governance dimensions in major socio-economical transitions, and demonstrates how they influence the kind of transition that can be realized.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2019
Keywords
degrowth, equitable downscaling, governance, institutions, policy, radical socio-economic transitions
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-251349 (URN)10.3390/su11061734 (DOI)000464350400002 ()2-s2.0-85063490461 (Scopus ID)
Note

QC 20190521

Available from: 2019-05-21 Created: 2019-05-21 Last updated: 2019-06-07Bibliographically approved
Paulsson, A. & Isaksson, K. (2019). Networked authority and regionalised governance: Public transport, a hierarchy of documents and the anti-hierarchy of authorship. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 37(6), 985-1004
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2019 (English)In: Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, ISSN 2399-6544, E-ISSN 2399-6552, Vol. 37, no 6, p. 985-1004Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper is concerned with the authority of written documents and how these artefacts work as governance devices. Networked authority is introduced as a concept to elucidate how documents accumulate formal power in a collaborative process, where several formally independent but informally interdependent organisations together point out the direction of regional public transport planning in the form of one strategic document. Drawing upon recent research on bureaucracy, authority and documents, the paper empirically explores these connections in the context of public transport in Stockholm, Sweden. Based on this case study, authority was found to be accomplished as the written document reproduced an existing hierarchy of documents, through an anti-hierarchical process where the newly formed Regional Public Transport Authority involved several formally independent but informally interdependent organisations, and by lacking a sole author. These three features are crucial for understanding how a collaborative process erodes individuality and personal responsibility, while producing anonymous, networked authority. These results are discussed in relationship to Foucault's notion of authorship, the author-function, which is derived from legal-institutional networks, much like networked authority. Understanding how networked authority is accomplished through a hierarchy of documents and an anti-hierarchy of authorship contributes with new knowledge on documents and how these work as governance devices in regional governance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD, 2019
Keywords
Authority, documents, regional governance, public transport
National Category
Civil Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-259431 (URN)10.1177/2399654418818553 (DOI)000482953100002 ()2-s2.0-85059100306 (Scopus ID)
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QC 20190924

Available from: 2019-09-24 Created: 2019-09-24 Last updated: 2019-09-24Bibliographically approved
Svenfelt, Å., Alfredsson, E., Bradley, K., Fauré, E., Finnveden, G., Fuehrer, P., . . . Ohlund, E. (2019). Scenarios for sustainable futures beyond GDP growth 2050. Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies, 111, 1-14
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2019 (English)In: Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies, ISSN 0016-3287, E-ISSN 1873-6378, Vol. 111, p. 1-14Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The idea of continued economic growth is increasingly questioned and critically analysed on the basis of its potential negative sustainability impact. Along with the critique, visions and strategies for alternative systems need also be brought onto the agenda. The aim of this paper is to present the qualitative content of scenarios that explore sustainability strategies for the Swedish society when economic growth is not seen as an end in itself, and instead the objective is other values/targets that society might wish to achieve. Multi-target backcasting scenarios are developed that illustrate future states in which four sustainability targets (climate, land use, participation, and resource security) are to be attained. The focus of these four scenarios is: 1) a Collaborative economy, 2) Local self-sufficiency, 3) Automation for quality of life, and 4) Circular economy in the welfare state. In the paper, we also present the process of the development of the scenarios, and feedback from stakeholders. Although the focus is on Sweden, the process and scenarios may also be relevant for other similar countries. The scenarios are discussed in terms of their relevance and their purpose, the fulfilment of the sustainability targets, and the multi-target approach.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ELSEVIER SCI LTD, 2019
Keywords
Multi-target, Sustainability targets, Backcasting, Scenarios, Beyond growth
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-257561 (URN)10.1016/j.futures.2019.05.001 (DOI)000478703800001 ()2-s2.0-85066049333 (Scopus ID)
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QC 20190925

Available from: 2019-09-25 Created: 2019-09-25 Last updated: 2019-09-25Bibliographically approved
Kriukelyte, E. (2019). The transport sector in transition –: different pathways of handling transport data in urban regions of Helsinki, London, Oslo and Singapore. Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology
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2019 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The fourth industrial revolution is disrupting almost every industry in every country and the transport sector is not an exception in this discussion, with increasing mobility demands and evolving mobility needs in consideration of global sustainability goals. In light of these technological changes and discussions, public authorities are on the path of transition and the role of public transport authorities is still unclear for themselves, for business or even for society at large. This issue extends to transport data policies as there is still a lack a general overview concerning what pathways different cities are working on and implementing. Therefore, this study, as a part of Swedish research programme Mistra SAMS, aims to provide an overview of policies and the management of data connected with the transport sector in four selected city regions: Helsinki, London, Oslo and Singapore. Three research questions have been examined: 1. How do different transport authorities in urban regions approach transport data and perceive the value of data? 2. What kind of action plan is being implemented to create the public value of transport data within the public authorities? 3. How is all of this reflected in collaboration with third parties? Institutional theory is used in the multi-case analysis to guide the collection of data through document analysis and semi-structured interviews and provides a framework for analysis and structuring of the findings. The findings showcased different approaches to data and overall themes in the institutional context in different regions, which included themes such as policies, administrative reforms, technology, interoperability, partnerships and transport data repository. The final discussion identifies two main development paths: technology-led development and other mobility concept-led development. All regions work actively with transport data management, although each builds their approach on different ideas and practices. The proactive role of the public sector in regulating and implementing new technologies is discussed for each of the urban regions. Partnerships between the public and private sectors are more developed in the urban regions with technology-led development. The study outlines key areas of future research, like the role of public authorities, the importance of public-private partnerships, questions related to the digitalization and interoperability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2019. p. 52
Series
TRITA-ABE-RPT ; 1917
Keywords
transport authorities, transport data, approach to data, decision-making
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-254596 (URN)978-91-7873-261-6 (ISBN)
Funder
Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research
Note

QC 20190710

Available from: 2019-07-03 Created: 2019-07-03 Last updated: 2019-07-10Bibliographically approved
Buhr, K., Isaksson, K. & Hagbert, P. (2018). Local Interpretations of Degrowth—Actors, Arenas and Attempts to Influence Policy. Sustainability, 10(6), 1899, Article ID 1899.
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2018 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 10, no 6, p. 1899-, article id 1899Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During the last decade, degrowth has developed into a central research theme within sustainability science. A significant proportion of previous works on degrowth has focused on macro-level units of analysis, such as global or national economies. Less is known about local interpretations of degrowth. This study explored interpretations of growth and degrowth in a local setting and attempts to integrate degrowth ideas into local policy. The work was carried out as a qualitative single-case study of the small town of Alingsås, Sweden. The results revealed two different, yet interrelated, local growth discourses in Alingsås: one relating to population growth and one relating to economic growth. Individuals participating in the degrowth discourse tend to have a sustainability-related profession and/or background in civil society. Arenas for local degrowth discussions are few and temporary and, despite some signs of influence, degrowth-related ideas have not had any significant overall impact on local policy and planning. In practice, degrowth-interested individuals tend to adjust their arguments to the mainstream sustainability discourse and turn to arenas beyond the formal municipal organization when discussing transformative ideas about development, progress, and quality of life. Based on these findings, the conditions for a further integration of degrowth into local policy and planning are discussed. Suggested themes for further research are institutional change and the role of local politicians.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2018
Keywords
degrowth; local growth; local policy; planning; radical sustainability
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-234250 (URN)10.3390/su10061899 (DOI)000436570100211 ()2-s2.0-85048124114 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Bortom BNP-tillväxt: Scenarier för hållbart samhällsbyggande
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2013-1842
Note

QC 20180905

Available from: 2018-09-05 Created: 2018-09-05 Last updated: 2018-09-20Bibliographically approved
Malmaeus, M., Finnveden, G., Sundkvist, Å., Bradley, K., Calmer, Å., Fauré, E., . . . Ölund, E. (2018). Riskabelt att tro att tillväxt ska lösa våra problem.. Svenska Dagbladet, Article ID 28 november.
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2018 (Swedish)In: Svenska Dagbladet, article id 28 novemberArticle in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-250603 (URN)
Note

QC 20190624

Available from: 2019-04-30 Created: 2019-04-30 Last updated: 2019-08-27Bibliographically approved
Rye, T. & Isaksson, K. (2018). Workshop 4 report: Criteria for successful collaboration. Paper presented at 15th International Conference on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport (Thredbo), 2017, Stockholm, SWEDEN. Research in Transportation Economics, 69, 344-348
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2018 (English)In: Research in Transportation Economics, ISSN 0739-8859, E-ISSN 1875-7979, Vol. 69, p. 344-348Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper synthesizes evidence from Workshop 4 'Criteria for successful collaboration' of the 15th International Conference on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport. This workshop focused on collaboration between public and private organisations as a key dimension of public transport governance. Collaborative arrangements can in some cases be a complementary approach to owner-instruction relationships (when allowed within the legal framework), overcoming or at least addressing some of the "critical interfaces" and problems that "fall between the cracks" in formal institutional structures. Collaboration between organisations with different resources and aims is often crucial for the ability to identify, develop and implement efficient solutions to problems that exceed traditional divisions of responsibility. It can foster trust (trusting partnerships) and joint capacity for innovation; and it can take place in formalized partnerships or more informal networks. Papers at the workshop addressed both positive and negative experiences of collaboration in Scandinavia, Brasil, Chile, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Australia from an empirical perspective, but several more theoretical papers considered the place of collaboration within wider governance frameworks. The workshop discussions led to a clearer definition of collaboration, and the formulation of key lessons on collaboration as a critical dimension in the interaction between the organisations that drive the development of current public transport operations and management, and future public transport improvements.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ELSEVIER SCI LTD, 2018
Keywords
Public transport, Collaboration, Coordination, Network governance, Partnerships, Institutional conditions, Stakeholder involvement, Trust, Learning
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-242265 (URN)10.1016/j.retrec.2018.08.004 (DOI)000454975000039 ()2-s2.0-85056576744 (Scopus ID)
Conference
15th International Conference on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport (Thredbo), 2017, Stockholm, SWEDEN
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QC 20190204

Available from: 2019-02-04 Created: 2019-02-04 Last updated: 2019-02-04Bibliographically approved
Finnveden, G., Gullberg, A., Höjer, M., Isaksson, K. & Summerton, J. (2018). Östlig förbindelse löser inte trängselproblemen.. Svenska Dagbladet
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2018 (Swedish)In: Svenska DagbladetArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-250597 (URN)
Note

QC 20190612

Available from: 2019-04-30 Created: 2019-04-30 Last updated: 2019-06-12Bibliographically approved
Isaksson, K., Antonson, H. & Eriksson, L. (2017). Layering and parallel policy making – Complementary concepts for understanding implementation challenges related to sustainable mobility. Transport Policy, 53, 50-57
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2017 (English)In: Transport Policy, ISSN 0967-070X, E-ISSN 1879-310X, Vol. 53, p. 50-57Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper is focused on implementation challenges related to the integration of sustainable mobility in strategic local/regional land use and transport planning. The work was based on a case study of Stockholm, Sweden, focusing on four current plans and strategies of key importance for sustainable mobility. We identify and discuss implementation challenges related to sustainable mobility using a theoretical framework from the policy integration literature, with a focus on the dimensions of “layering”, “drift” and “exhaustion” (Rayner & Howlett 2009). The empirical analysis led us to identify a complementary dimension which we call ‘Parallel policy making’. The parallel policy making reflects a fundamental lack of integration of sustainable mobility in policies and plans of strategic importance, which hinders effective policy integration. Altogether, we conclude that a better insight into the practice of parallel policy making is crucial for development of more effective implementation strategies for sustainable mobility in Stockholm and elsewhere.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2017
National Category
Civil Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-195130 (URN)10.1016/j.tranpol.2016.08.014 (DOI)000390642700006 ()2-s2.0-84986882137 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Energy AgencySwedish Research Council Formas
Note

QC 20161103

Available from: 2016-11-03 Created: 2016-11-02 Last updated: 2019-01-30Bibliographically approved
Bradley, K., Fauré, E., Finnveden, G., Fuehrer, P., Gunnarsson Östling, U., Hagbert, P., . . . Öhlund, E. (2016). Därför är ekonomisk tillväxt en risk. Dagens samhälle, Article ID 9 mars.
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2016 (Swedish)In: Dagens samhälle, ISSN 1652-6511, article id 9 marsArticle, review/survey (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dagens Samhälle AB, 2016
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-183479 (URN)
Note

QC 20160316

Available from: 2016-03-14 Created: 2016-03-14 Last updated: 2019-08-28Bibliographically approved
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