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Söderholm, K. & Wihlborg, E. (2016). Striving for Sustainable Development and the Coordinating Role of the Central Government: Lessons from Swedish Housing Policy (ed.). Sustainability, 8(8), Article ID 827.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Striving for Sustainable Development and the Coordinating Role of the Central Government: Lessons from Swedish Housing Policy
2016 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 8, no 8, article id 827Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Housing plays an important role in the development of welfare policies and also often in achieving sustainability goals. There exists, however, implementation gaps between policies and practices in urban development and housing. Here it should be possible to draw lessons from policy implementations in the past. In this article we explore the strategies of the Swedish central government in implementing a social housing policy in the mid-20th century. The policy was successfully implemented in that it resulted in the rapid expansion and modernisation of the Swedish apartment stock in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and acute housingshortages and poor housing standards were overcome. The main lesson learned from the Swedish case study is the critical role of the central government in implementation throughthe strategic coordination of policy aims, instruments, stakeholders and interests throughout the implementation process. Although the central government could have used hard, almost authoritarian policy instruments to force the realisation of the new policy, it mainly used soft policy tools and focused on coordination. In the contemporary networked governance setting, the central government, like no other player, still has the potential to guide and coordinate implementation processes for the realization of sustainable housing visions.

National Category
History of Technology
Research subject
History of Technology; Attractive built environment (AERI)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-4405 (URN)10.3390/su8080827 (DOI)000382452900126 ()2-s2.0-84983741942 (Scopus ID)25a9ea61-4869-4a89-bbe6-b7c1a4a3e824 (Local ID)25a9ea61-4869-4a89-bbe6-b7c1a4a3e824 (Archive number)25a9ea61-4869-4a89-bbe6-b7c1a4a3e824 (OAI)
Note

Validerad; 2016; Nivå 2; 2016-10-14 (inah)

Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved
Söderholm, K. & Wihlborg, E. (2015). Policy for sociotechnical transition: Implications from Swedish historical case studies (ed.). Paper presented at . Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 17(4), 452-474
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Policy for sociotechnical transition: Implications from Swedish historical case studies
2015 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, ISSN 1523-908X, E-ISSN 1522-7200, Vol. 17, no 4, p. 452-474Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper we analyse past sociotechnical transitions, and based on that we discuss the prospects for the central state in promoting radical transitions towards improved sustainability today. The case studies include the sociotechnical systems in Sweden providing for: (a) urban housing; (b) passenger cars as a favoured mode of transport; and (c) piped water/wastewater, all fundamentally transformed over the first seven decades of the twentieth century and especially in the 1940s up until the 1960s. The core lesson from the case studies is that the central state, by taking an active role and by coordinating the roles of different stakeholders, values and knowledge as well as different policy areas and instruments, can accomplish a coherent and effective management of such transition processes. Also in contemporary network governance settings the central state is well suited to accomplish such an active and coordinative role based on its legitimate power to design and implement different public policy instruments.

National Category
History of Technology
Research subject
History of Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-3034 (URN)10.1080/1523908X.2014.965809 (DOI)000359491300003 ()2-s2.0-84938979851 (Scopus ID)0c975814-9f43-4c9c-931c-fd8ee3bfd889 (Local ID)0c975814-9f43-4c9c-931c-fd8ee3bfd889 (Archive number)0c975814-9f43-4c9c-931c-fd8ee3bfd889 (OAI)
Note
Validerad; 2015; Nivå 2; 20140925 (krisod)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved
Wihlborg, E. & Söderholm, K. (2013). Great visions, but who is holding the rudder?: To design the model city Kiruna again. Short paper for the: 2013 Transatlantic Policy Consortium (ed.). Paper presented at Transatlantic Policy Consortium Conference : Transatlantic Perspectives in Public Affairs: Technology, Safety, Security 30/05/2013 - 01/06/2013. Paper presented at Transatlantic Policy Consortium Conference : Transatlantic Perspectives in Public Affairs: Technology, Safety, Security 30/05/2013 - 01/06/2013.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Great visions, but who is holding the rudder?: To design the model city Kiruna again. Short paper for the: 2013 Transatlantic Policy Consortium
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
History of Technology
Research subject
History of Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-32827 (URN)77062035-cbd0-48dc-99b2-266867f60661 (Local ID)77062035-cbd0-48dc-99b2-266867f60661 (Archive number)77062035-cbd0-48dc-99b2-266867f60661 (OAI)
Conference
Transatlantic Policy Consortium Conference : Transatlantic Perspectives in Public Affairs: Technology, Safety, Security 30/05/2013 - 01/06/2013
Note
Godkänd; 2013; 20130906 (krisod)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-11-25Bibliographically approved
Wihlborg, E. & Söderholm, K. (2013). Mediators in action: Organizing sociotechnical system change (ed.). Paper presented at . Technology in society, 35(4), 267-275
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mediators in action: Organizing sociotechnical system change
2013 (English)In: Technology in society, ISSN 0160-791X, E-ISSN 1879-3274, Vol. 35, no 4, p. 267-275Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To extend and deepen the roles of mediators in relation to sociotechnical change, this article first suggested an analytical approach which thereafter was used for analysing two cases illustrating two Swedish mediating organizations in different sectors at different time periods: the half state-/half industry funded Research Institute for Water and Air Protection, IVL, in the 1960s and 70s; and the Swedish Urban Network Association, SUNA, in the early years of the 21st century. We found that the associated sociotechnical systems changed through the actions of mediators and their organization of time-spatial specific settings. The mediator concept contributed to our understanding of these changes through a number of visible processes of translating rather than transferring specific knowledge, by functioning as a single entrance to knowledge, by supporting the selection processes, and sometimes by bridging knowledge in unforeseen ways. Overall, the mediating actors took on roles to promote the system and encouraged actors within the system to connect and develop both the system as such.

National Category
History of Technology
Research subject
History of Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-8028 (URN)10.1016/j.techsoc.2013.09.004 (DOI)2-s2.0-84887620311 (Scopus ID)677e251b-128c-48e4-863d-cd5588c65d67 (Local ID)677e251b-128c-48e4-863d-cd5588c65d67 (Archive number)677e251b-128c-48e4-863d-cd5588c65d67 (OAI)
Note
Validerad; 2013; 20131023 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved
Söderholm, K. & Wihlborg, E. (2013). When citizen movements redirect focus from the process to the object of planning: A case study of the on-going major urban transformation of the mining town Kiruna, Sweden. Short paper for the: 2013 Transatlantic Policy Consortium (ed.). Paper presented at Transatlantic Policy Consortium Conference : Transatlantic Perspectives in Public Affairs: Technology, Safety, Security 30/05/2013 - 01/06/2013. Paper presented at Transatlantic Policy Consortium Conference : Transatlantic Perspectives in Public Affairs: Technology, Safety, Security 30/05/2013 - 01/06/2013.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>When citizen movements redirect focus from the process to the object of planning: A case study of the on-going major urban transformation of the mining town Kiruna, Sweden. Short paper for the: 2013 Transatlantic Policy Consortium
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
History of Technology
Research subject
History of Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-31644 (URN)5e39ec88-55af-4598-9997-76547e5dae08 (Local ID)5e39ec88-55af-4598-9997-76547e5dae08 (Archive number)5e39ec88-55af-4598-9997-76547e5dae08 (OAI)
Conference
Transatlantic Policy Consortium Conference : Transatlantic Perspectives in Public Affairs: Technology, Safety, Security 30/05/2013 - 01/06/2013
Note
Godkänd; 2013; 20130906 (krisod)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-11-25Bibliographically approved
Wihlborg, E. & Laurell, K. (2012). Including and representing end-user’s needs when building houses of culture: a time-geographical perspective on stakeholders (ed.). Paper presented at . Public Works Management & Policy, 17(4), 348-369
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Including and representing end-user’s needs when building houses of culture: a time-geographical perspective on stakeholders
2012 (English)In: Public Works Management & Policy, ISSN 1087-724X, E-ISSN 1552-7549, Vol. 17, no 4, p. 348-369Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Expressing end-user needs and including them into the public sector building process is crucial to the public sector client when making an informed and legitimate decision and implementation of a construction project. The aim of this article is to analyze how end-user needs can be, and in a specific case are, articulated and taken up differently by stakeholders through the early phases of the public building process. A time-geographical approach allows for theoretical analysis of the early phases of the construction project over time. Hereby an analysis of end-user needs can be visualized and thereby show the complexity of how to manage end-user needs in public building processes. It is here illustrated by the realization of a public House of Culture in a Scandinavian city. The analysis shows how stakeholders networked until the construction project and procurement forms were settled with the contractors. The analysis shows the complex interplay of how stakeholders take on end-user needs by integrating them into the policy process and the briefing process, creating new functional and technical building solutions. The public sector client has to create openings for all types of stakeholders to contribute as early as possible to the public building process when including and representing end-user needs.

Keywords
Civil engineering and architecture - Building manufacturing engineering, end-user needs, briefing-process, political decisions, stakeholder, time-geography, Samhällsbyggnadsteknik och arkitektur - Byggproduktionsteknik
National Category
Construction Management
Research subject
Construction Engineering and Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-16037 (URN)10.1177/1087724X12455420 (DOI)2-s2.0-84865971143 (Scopus ID)f9e4b28c-4aa1-4a10-a783-92077ebd9f3b (Local ID)f9e4b28c-4aa1-4a10-a783-92077ebd9f3b (Archive number)f9e4b28c-4aa1-4a10-a783-92077ebd9f3b (OAI)
Note
Validerad; 2012; 20120904 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved
Mannberg, M. & Wihlborg, E. (2008). Communicative planning - friend or foe?: obstacles and opportunities for implementing sustainable development locally (ed.). Paper presented at . Sustainable Development, 16(1), 35-43
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Communicative planning - friend or foe?: obstacles and opportunities for implementing sustainable development locally
2008 (English)In: Sustainable Development, ISSN 0968-0802, E-ISSN 1099-1719, Vol. 16, no 1, p. 35-43Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is a growing understanding of the potential of spatial planning to constitute a co-ordinating arena for sustainable development, and planning processes are expected to merge all dimensions of sustainability. Since the concrete manifestation of spatial planning takes place at a micro level, it all boils down to the need for bringing together stakeholders at municipal level in a well functioning planning processes. Alongside this viewpoint, there is also an increasing awareness of the need for a decentralization of such processes, bringing them closer to the grassroots. Communicative planning is a planning ideal and a theoretical stream that has developed from this new paradigm. It is based on citizen participation as a win-win situation, where the planning process builds a social sustainability, in turn enhancing the likelihood of the process to be successful. However, global and national visions of sustainability and local implementation are in many ways separate from one another. Bringing it further, to the individual level, the gaps are even wider. These gaps make the daily job for the planner increasingly complex and difficult. This article aims to contribute to understanding the characters of these gaps by describing them as four threats. The discussion is purely theoretical and based on the eight proposals of Goodin and Dryzek (2006) on possible pathways from micro-level deliberation towards the macro political system. However, the seed of the discussion is based on the authors' joint experiences from a number of evaluations of planning processes carried out in a Swedish context.

National Category
Architectural Engineering
Research subject
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-15801 (URN)10.1002/sd.325 (DOI)000253134900003 ()2-s2.0-39149134642 (Scopus ID)f5b883d0-c34d-11db-9ea3-000ea68e967b (Local ID)f5b883d0-c34d-11db-9ea3-000ea68e967b (Archive number)f5b883d0-c34d-11db-9ea3-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Note
Validerad; 2008; 20070206 (marman)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved
Wihlborg, E. (2005). Flexible use of time to overcome constraints (ed.). In: (Ed.), Andy Sloane (Ed.), Home-Oriented Informatics and Telematics: Proceedings of the IFIP WG 9. 3 Hoit 2005 Conference. Paper presented at Home Informatics and Telematics Conference : 13/04/2005 - 15/04/2005 (pp. 1-14). : Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology/Springer Verlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Flexible use of time to overcome constraints
2005 (English)In: Home-Oriented Informatics and Telematics: Proceedings of the IFIP WG 9. 3 Hoit 2005 Conference / [ed] Andy Sloane, Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology/Springer Verlag, 2005, p. 1-14Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology/Springer Verlag, 2005
National Category
Architectural Engineering
Research subject
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-34460 (URN)10.1007/11402985 (DOI)8ab15f00-eeba-11dc-a549-000ea68e967b (Local ID)387251782 (ISBN)8ab15f00-eeba-11dc-a549-000ea68e967b (Archive number)8ab15f00-eeba-11dc-a549-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Conference
Home Informatics and Telematics Conference : 13/04/2005 - 15/04/2005
Note
Godkänd; 2005; 20080310 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-11-25Bibliographically approved
Mannberg, M., Söderberg, H. & Wihlborg, E. (2004). Godmorgon det snöar!: en studie av kommunal snöhantering och dess påverkan på allmänhetens vardagsliv (ed.). Paper presented at . Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Godmorgon det snöar!: en studie av kommunal snöhantering och dess påverkan på allmänhetens vardagsliv
2004 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
Good morning, it's snowing! : A study on municipal handling of snow and its effect on public, every-day life
Abstract [sv]

Hållbar utveckling är en vision. För en kommun innebär arbetet med hållbar utveckling en process utan ett definierat slutmål. Hållbar utveckling handlar mycket om att ändra arbetssätt och tankemönster och att tydligt integrera olika aspekter på den verksamhet man arbetar inom. Syftet med den här rapporten är att analysera hur kommunerna hanterar snö och konsekvenserna av dessa val. Hur snöhanteringen är organiserad, vilka institutionella faktorer som påverkar och vilka effekter snöhanteringen har på allmänhetens vardagsliv är frågeställningar som varit centrala. Kommunerna är ansvariga för snöhantering i Sverige. I deras beslutsunderlag ingår både uppgifter som går att relatera till givna förutsättningar och effekter av olika alternativ. Vi har uppmärksammat de institutionella förhållanden och allmänhetens vardag, vilka bör ingå i planering av uthållig snöhantering. De typer av förutsättningar som kommunerna pekat ut som betydelsefulla för hur snön hanteras är ekonomi, lokala institutionella förhållanden, geografiska förhållanden och den byggda miljön. De två sistnämnda påverkar i första hand val av deponiplats. Effekter som hanteringen ger upphov till och som påverkar verksamheten var framförallt naturmiljörelaterade, säkerhetsfrågor (halka och trafiksäkerhet) och allmänna opinionen. Frågan om lokala eller centrala snödeponier i en framtida snöhanteringsstrategi är central för projektet inom vilket rapporten gjorts. Den svaga länken för lokala snödeponier är huruvida det finns en värdegemenskap mellan nyckelaktörer inom kommunen, om man delar gemensamma mål och problembild. Lokala institutionella förhållanden lyftes fram som en betydelsefull förklaring till varför man gör som man gör idag. Dessa kan därför utgöra både hinder och möjlighet, beroende på lokal karaktär. Lokala snödeponier innebär också att ansvarsfördelningen kan förändras då till exempel fastighetsägare kan få utökat ansvar, eller parkavdelningen större roll. Det sistnämnda kan innebära att planeringsprocessen för snöhantering behöver förändras och möjliggöra större deltagande från intressenter tidigt i processen. Man skall dock ha klart för sig vilket syfte deltagandet har så att man inte går i fällan att generellt ropa på ökat deltagande, som ofta görs i den politiska retoriken kring uthållig utveckling. Kunskap om allmänhetens vardag måste dock inte enbart ske genom direkt deltagande, utan kan även kommuniceras i planeringsprocessen genom de tidsdagböcker som exemplifierats i rapporten. Det framgår således klart att snön främst ses som en resurs i de studerade personernas vardagsliv. Det är egentligen inte snön som på något sätt begränsar dem, utan möjligtvis kylan som är förknippade med snön. Den kommunala och bostadsbolagens organisering av snön ses ofta av hushållen som en sammanbunden enhet. Det är i alla fall någon annan som hanterar snön och det innebär inget eget ansvar om man väljer att bo i områden med gemensam snöhantering. Däremot de hushåll som själva sköter större eller mindre delar av snöhanteringen, visar att de kan tolka snöhanteringen till en positiv fysisk aktivitet.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet, 2004. p. 50
Series
Research report / Luleå University of Technology, ISSN 1402-1528 ; 2004:03
National Category
Architectural Engineering
Research subject
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-22064 (URN)15dd8ac0-c259-11db-9ea3-000ea68e967b (Local ID)15dd8ac0-c259-11db-9ea3-000ea68e967b (Archive number)15dd8ac0-c259-11db-9ea3-000ea68e967b (OAI)
Note
Godkänd; 2004; 20070206 (marman)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-9905-0942

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