Coordination in European waste management regimes: the role and legitimacy of the waste hierarchy
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This article considers the legitimacy of the waste hierarchy in the context of European waste management regimes. Pragmatic sociology and the economics of conventions are drawn upon to understand how actors legitimate action. The waste hierarchy is placed in the context of the plural systems of legitimacy actors utilise when justifying action. Empirical data from semi-structured interviews with national and local level actors in England and France are used to identify the plural legitimacies which underpin action in waste management regimes, and which actors utilise to justify their use of the waste hierarchy. This data suggest the waste hierarchy is as a principle of coordination justified as both an expression of the environmental efficiency of waste treatment options, and whose implementation is the result of a legitimate policy making process at the European level. The article concludes with a discussion of the qualification and evolution ofthe waste hierarchy.
Waste management, waste policy, waste hierarchy, coordination, justification, legitimacy
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-105800OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-105800DiVA: diva2:572344
QS 20122012-11-272012-11-272012-11-27Bibliographically approved