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Decisions at Street Level: Assessing and explaining the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive in Sweden
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4749-5544
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1685-5527
Number of Authors: 22017 (English)In: Environmental Policy and Governance, ISSN 1756-932X, E-ISSN 1756-9338, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 74-89Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study addresses the role of street-level bureaucrats in water management and examines what factors influence the implementation of the programme of measures that are part of the European Water Framework Directive. The impact of two factors - the bureaucrats' policy understandings and their implementation resources - on implementation is examined through a qualitative case study at sub-national level in Sweden. The results verify the critical role of these bureaucrats as only one-third make decisions, or take action, based on the programme of measures. The results further suggest that the bureaucrats' understandings of how coherent the policies are, and whom they consult in cases of uncertainty, are important. The implementing bureaucrats perceive policy as coherent and have rich networks of advice, including responsible government authorities, while the non-implementing bureaucrats experience significant policy incoherencies and have sparse advice networks. Thus, policy-makers can support implementation by adjusting policy and by improving existing, and organizing new, resources to provide these bureaucrats with guidance

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John Wiley & Sons, 2017. Vol. 27, no 1, p. 74-89
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-6810DOI: 10.1002/eet.1734ISI: 000394781900006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85008261061Local ID: 51a0186c-9904-4ec3-bcc0-26aa934cfbc7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-6810DiVA, id: diva2:979696
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Validerad; 2017; Nivå 2; 2017-02-16 (andbra)

Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-09-14Bibliographically approved

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