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Carlsson, Lars
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Carlsson, L. (2017). Policy Science at an Impasse: A Matter of Conceptual Stretching?. Politics and Policy, 45(2), 148-168
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2017 (English)In: Politics and Policy, E-ISSN 1747-1346, Vol. 45, no 2, p. 148-168Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

La ciencia política, particularmente el enfoque de la red de políticas, está experimentando un aumento de nuevos estudios y conceptos. La abundancia del es resultado del ineludiblemente enfoque multidisciplinario de la ciencia política y de nuestra ambición de superar el análisis tradicional de la ciencia política. Sin embargo, los conceptos del campo se están desarrollando con tanta rapidez que el surgimiento de los nuevos híbridos y mutaciones amenazan con confunidr y sobre-complicar en lugar de proporcionarnos claridad, y como consecuencia la mejora acumulativa y el desarrollo de la teoría se ven obstaculizados. Estas consecuencias imprevistas están íntimamente asociadas con errores de estiramiento conceptual, es decir, utilizando conceptos valiosos con un significado claro para referirse a fenómenos inaplicables, haciendo mal uso y disminuyendo el valor de nuestras herramientas conceptuales. En la ciencia política, esto es también el caso de las herramientas analíticas centrales, marcos conceptuales, modelos y teorías. Por lo tanto, aunque la formulación de políticas puede ser desordenada, si esperamos escapar de la supuesta parálisis en la ciencia política, no podemos permitirnos tolerar las inexactitudes actuales del estiramiento conceptual.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2017
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-63025 (URN)10.1111/polp.12196 (DOI)000399326700001 ()2-s2.0-85017429204 (Scopus ID)
Note

Validerad; 2017; Nivå 2; 2017-04-13 (andbra)

Available from: 2017-04-13 Created: 2017-04-13 Last updated: 2018-12-12Bibliographically approved
Carlsson, L. & Sandström, A. (2008). Network governance of the commons (ed.). International Journal of the Commons, 2(1), 33-54
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2008 (English)In: International Journal of the Commons, ISSN 1875-0281, E-ISSN 1875-0281, Vol. 2, no 1, p. 33-54Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The survival of the commons is closely associated with the potential to find ways to strengthen contemporary management systems, making them more responsive to a number of complexities, like the dynamics of ecosystems and related, but often fragmented, institutions. A discussion on the desirability of finding ways to establish so-called cross-scale linkages has recently been vitalised in the literature. In the same vein, concepts like adaptive management, co-management and adaptive co-management have been discussed. In essence, these ways of organizing management incorporate an implicit assumption about the establishment of social networks and is more closely related to network governance and social network theory, than to political administrative hierarchy. However, so far, attempts to incorporate social network analysis (SNA) in this literature have been rather few, and not particularly elaborate. In this paper, a framework for such an approach will be presented. The framework provides an analytical skeleton for the understanding of joint management and the establishment of cross-scale linkages. The relationships between structural network properties - like density, centrality and heterogeneity - and innovation in adaptive co-management systems are highlighted as important to consider when crafting institutions for natural resource management. The paper makes a theoretical and methodological contribution to the understanding of co-management, and thereby to the survival of the commons.

National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-5278 (URN)10.18352/ijc.20 (DOI)35680b60-8b83-11dc-a33e-000ea68e967b (Local ID)35680b60-8b83-11dc-a33e-000ea68e967b (Archive number)35680b60-8b83-11dc-a33e-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Note

Validerad; 2008; 20071105 (annica_s)

Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2020-04-17Bibliographically approved
Sandström, A. & Carlsson, L. (2008). The performance of policy networks: the relation between network structure and network performance (ed.). Paper presented at . Policy Studies Journal, 36(4), 497-524
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2008 (English)In: Policy Studies Journal, ISSN 0190-292X, E-ISSN 1541-0072, Vol. 36, no 4, p. 497-524Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The importance of policy networks has long been emphasized within the field of policy analysis. However, few attempts have been made to investigate the explanatory power of policy networks using the tools and theoretical concepts provided by social network analysis (SNA). This paper aims to address this need by determining if a relationship exists between the structural features of policy networks, their organizing capacities, and their performance. A comparative case study of four networks within the higher education policy sector confirms the assumption related to the existence of such a relation. It is proposed that an efficient and innovative policy network consists of a heterogeneous set of actors that are centrally and densely integrated. Furthermore, while the level of network heterogeneity is positively related to the function of resource mobilization in the process of policymaking, the level of centralized integration promotes the function of prioritizing. These findings are believed to contribute to our understanding of policymaking in contemporary society. The current paper indicates that a significant explanatory power exists in the concept of policy networks and that SNA is one way of advancing its possibilities.

National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-11126 (URN)10.1111/j.1541-0072.2008.00281.x (DOI)000261106500002 ()2-s2.0-56849104309 (Scopus ID)a07e1680-b6fa-11dd-9c2e-000ea68e967b (Local ID)a07e1680-b6fa-11dd-9c2e-000ea68e967b (Archive number)a07e1680-b6fa-11dd-9c2e-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Note
Validerad; 2008; 20081120 (annica_s)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved
Sandström, A. & Carlsson, L. (2007). Innovative policy networks: the relation between structure and performance (ed.). Paper presented at International Sunbelt Social Network Conference : 8th European Social Network Conference 01/05/2007 - 06/05/2007. Paper presented at International Sunbelt Social Network Conference : 8th European Social Network Conference 01/05/2007 - 06/05/2007.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innovative policy networks: the relation between structure and performance
2007 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The importance of policy networks and the need to "treat networks seriously" has long been emphasized within the field of policy analysis. However, not many attempts have been made to investigate the explanatory power of policy networks using the tools and theoretical concepts provided by Social Network analysis (SNA). Accordingly, that is the central undertaking of this paper. Is there a relationship between the structural features of policy networks, their organizing capacities and performance? A comparative case study of five networks within the sector of higher education confirms the assumption about a relationship between the variables. An innovative policy network is a network with a heterogeneous set of actors that are centrally integrated. Further, while the level of network heterogeneity is positively related to the function of resource mobilization, the level of integration facilitates the process of prioritizing. There is certainly a lot of explanatory power in the concept of policy networks and the formal analytical approach (SNA) is one way to explore its possibilities.

National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-28751 (URN)2a4fbb70-8b82-11dc-a33e-000ea68e967b (Local ID)2a4fbb70-8b82-11dc-a33e-000ea68e967b (Archive number)2a4fbb70-8b82-11dc-a33e-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Conference
International Sunbelt Social Network Conference : 8th European Social Network Conference 01/05/2007 - 06/05/2007
Note
Godkänd; 2007; 20071105 (annica_s)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2018-01-14Bibliographically approved
Carlsson, L. (2006). Communal land tenure: a mixed bag (ed.). In: (Ed.), (Ed.), Locating the Communal in Asian Land Tenure: European Alliance for Asian Studies (Asia Alliance). Paper presented at Locating the Communal in Asian Land Tenure : 14/06/2006 - 17/06/2006. : Institute of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences, Humboldt University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Communal land tenure: a mixed bag
2006 (English)In: Locating the Communal in Asian Land Tenure: European Alliance for Asian Studies (Asia Alliance), Institute of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences, Humboldt University , 2006Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institute of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences, Humboldt University, 2006
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-28474 (URN)2496c280-678a-11dc-a0c3-000ea68e967b (Local ID)2496c280-678a-11dc-a0c3-000ea68e967b (Archive number)2496c280-678a-11dc-a0c3-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Conference
Locating the Communal in Asian Land Tenure : 14/06/2006 - 17/06/2006
Note
Godkänd; 2006; 20070920 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2018-01-14Bibliographically approved
Carlsson, L. & Sandström, A. (2006). Network governance of the commons (ed.). In: (Ed.), (Ed.), IASCP 2006 Conference Papers: . Paper presented at Biennial conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property : 19/06/2006 - 23/06/2006.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Network governance of the commons
2006 (English)In: IASCP 2006 Conference Papers, 2006Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The survival of the commons is closely associated with the potential to find ways to strengthen contemporary management systems, making them more responsive to a number of complexities, like the dynamics of ecosystems and related, but often fragmented, institutions. A discussion on the desirability of finding ways to establish socalled cross-scale linkages, i.e. connections among different actors from different levels, i.e. connections among different actors from different levels of organisation and geographical settings, recently has been vitalised in the literature. The establishment of such linkages is believed to have many advantages for the sustainable management of the commons. In the same vein, concepts like adaptive management, comanagement and adaptive co-management have been discussed. In essence, these ways of organizing management to generate alternative governance systems are more closely related to network governance and social network theory, than to political administrative hierarchy. However, so far, attempts to incorporate social network analysis (SNA) in this literature have been rather few, and not particularly elaborate. In this paper, a framework for such an approach will be presented. The framework provides an analytical skeleton for the understanding of joint management and the establishment of cross-scale linkages. The relationships between structural network properties - like density, centrality and heterogeneity, and innovation in adaptive co-management systems - are highlighted as major features of high functioning management systems. The paper makes a theoretical and methodological contribution to the understanding of co-management, and thereby to the survival of the commons.

National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-39618 (URN)e72027e0-676e-11dc-a0c3-000ea68e967b (Local ID)e72027e0-676e-11dc-a0c3-000ea68e967b (Archive number)e72027e0-676e-11dc-a0c3-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Conference
Biennial conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property : 19/06/2006 - 23/06/2006
Note
Godkänd; 2006; 20070920 (ysko)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03 Last updated: 2018-01-14Bibliographically approved
Carlsson, L. & Berkes, F. (2005). Co-management: concepts and methodological implications (ed.). Paper presented at . Journal of Environmental Management, 75(1), 65-76
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Co-management: concepts and methodological implications
2005 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Management, ISSN 0301-4797, E-ISSN 1095-8630, Vol. 75, no 1, p. 65-76Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Co-management, or the joint management of the commons, is often formulated in terms of some arrangement of power sharing between the State and a community of resource users. In reality, there often are multiple local interests and multiple government agencies at play, and co-management can hardly be understood as the interaction of a unitary State and a homogeneous community. An approach focusing on the legal aspects of co-management, and emphasizing the formal structure of arrangements (how governance is configured) runs the risk of neglecting the functional side of co-management. An alternative approach is to start from the assumption that co-management is a continuous problem-solving process, rather than a fixed state, involving extensive deliberation, negotiation and joint learning within problem-solving networks. This presumption implies that co-management research should preferably focus on how different management tasks are organized and distributed concentrating on the function, rather than the structure, of the system. Such an approach has the effect of highlighting that power sharing is the result, and not the starting point, of the process. This kind of research approach might employ the steps of (1) defining the social-ecological system under focus; (2) mapping the essential management tasks and problems to be solved; (3) clarifying the participants in the problem-solving processes; (4) analyzing linkages in the system, in particular across levels of organization and across geographical space; (5) evaluating capacity-building needs for enhancing the skills and capabilities of people and institutions at various levels; and (6) prescribing ways to improve policy making and problem-solving.

National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-7460 (URN)10.1016/j.jenvman.2004.11.008 (DOI)000227957400006 ()2-s2.0-14544273675 (Scopus ID)5d801790-c1c7-11db-9ea3-000ea68e967b (Local ID)5d801790-c1c7-11db-9ea3-000ea68e967b (Archive number)5d801790-c1c7-11db-9ea3-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Note
Validerad; 2005; 20070220 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved
Lazdinis, M., Carver, A., Carlsson, L., Tonisson, K. & Vilkriste, L. (2004). Forest policy networks in changing political systems: case study of the Baltic states (ed.). Paper presented at . Journal of Baltic Studies, 35(4), 402-419
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Forest policy networks in changing political systems: case study of the Baltic states
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2004 (English)In: Journal of Baltic Studies, ISSN 0162-9778, E-ISSN 1751-7877, Vol. 35, no 4, p. 402-419Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The shift from the Soviet system to market economics has induced a wide range of changes in the forest sectors of the three Baltic states. The majority of these changes are the result of compromises made between stakeholders participating in forest policymaking and implementation. In this article it is argued that the relative success of the increasingly complex and dynamic environment of forest policy action arenas is ensured by interconnecting policy networks instead of hierarchical governance by the state. We map and characterize forest policy networks in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, while identifying the actors participating in forest policy formation and implementation. The forest policy networks of the Baltic states are compared against each other and with the situation during the last years of the Soviet system.

National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-2814 (URN)10.1080/01629770400000181 (DOI)08290c90-c1de-11db-9ea3-000ea68e967b (Local ID)08290c90-c1de-11db-9ea3-000ea68e967b (Archive number)08290c90-c1de-11db-9ea3-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Note
Validerad; 2004; 20070220 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-01-10Bibliographically approved
Carlsson, L. & Lazdinis, M. (2004). Institutional frameworks for sustainability?: a comparative analysis of the forest sectors of Russia and the Baltic States (ed.). Paper presented at . Ambio, 33(6), 366-370
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Institutional frameworks for sustainability?: a comparative analysis of the forest sectors of Russia and the Baltic States
2004 (English)In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, E-ISSN 1654-7209, Vol. 33, no 6, p. 366-370Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

After the break-up of the Soviet system, the divergence in forest management among Soviet republics became obvious. While the forest sectors of the Baltic States have been fundamentally changed, Russia has not been able to develop an institutional framework that would fit the prerequisites for social-ecological resilience. It is argued that sustainable development requires institutional frameworks that have the capacity to adapt and learn, and thus to treat policies as experiments that are constantly assessed and readjusted. This, however, requires a participatory approach and in this respect the Baltic States are believed to be on a more promising track. Finally, it is concluded that only to the extent that suitable institutional frameworks will be developed will social-ecological resilience be a significant feature of the natural resources management in the former communist countries.

National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-9517 (URN)10.1579/0044-7447-33.6.366 (DOI)82be77f0-c1df-11db-9ea3-000ea68e967b (Local ID)82be77f0-c1df-11db-9ea3-000ea68e967b (Archive number)82be77f0-c1df-11db-9ea3-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Note
Validerad; 2004; 20070207 (keni)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-01-10Bibliographically approved
Myrlund, H. & Carlsson, L. (2004). Sjukhuset mittemellan (ed.). In: (Ed.), Jan Johansson (Ed.), Europas modernaste sjukhus: fem uppsatser om tillkomsten av Sunderby sjukhus (pp. 9-50). Paper presented at . Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet
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2004 (Swedish)In: Europas modernaste sjukhus: fem uppsatser om tillkomsten av Sunderby sjukhus, Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet, 2004, p. 9-50Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet, 2004
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-20250 (URN)33e2cf10-bd14-11dc-a8ca-000ea68e967b (Local ID)91-631-6014-5 (ISBN)33e2cf10-bd14-11dc-a8ca-000ea68e967b (Archive number)33e2cf10-bd14-11dc-a8ca-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Note
Godkänd; 2004; 20080107 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-01-10Bibliographically approved
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