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Att styra hållbar utveckling: Om miljöledning och dess översättningar i statsförvaltningen
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
2008 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The implementation of environmental management systems is a way for the Swedish government to manage the work for sustainable development via central government agencies. Environmental management systems (EMS) were originally developed as a tool for continual improvement of environmental performance in industrial companies, following the circle of “Plan, Do, Check, Act”. The aim of using EMS was to facilitate integration of environmental considerations in all agency activities, both internal and external. The purpose of the thesis is to study translation processes of environmental issues related to the EMS project in central government agencies. In order to study the construction of environmental issues in EMS work in agencies, and the consequences of these constructions in relation to ecological sustainable development, four studies have been conducted; first, a study of documents related to the EMS project; second, a study of the Swedish Road Administration and their work with EMS; third, a study of translations in the network for EMS implementation; and fourth, a focus group study of management groups in five agencies.The analysis shows how the external references have been a central part of the translation processes taking place in the EMS project. This is explained as a result of the use of the international EMS standard, ISO 14001, which has become a frequent reference in the project. The influence of ISO 14001 is explained in the thesis as a consequence of the perceived lack of interest at management and government levels in the implementation of EMS projects in agencies. Related to the common adoption are also the external, certified environmental auditors and consultants auditing the results of the EMS implementation and thereby influencing the translation processes taking place in the project. As a result the activities for sustainable development by state agencies have become an issue for the audit and judgement by private actors.Another consequence is the focus of the measurable and non-conflict environmental aspects matching the EMS rationale. Contested environmental issues however do not match the model and may therefore attain less attention of environmental management. Under the influence of the EMS rationale the translation of ecological sustainable development becomes restricted to environmental issues constructed as EMS issues. Related to this is the learning that remains restricted to the EMS rationale. A vital implication is the need for dialogue on the role of state administration for sustainable development beyond EMS activities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalens högskola , 2008. , 240 p.
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 66
Keyword
Miljöledningssystem, myndighet, statsförvaltning, hållbar utveckling, ISO 14001, målstyrning, miljökvalitetsmål, New Public Management, översättning
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Other Environmental Engineering
Research subject
Industriell ekonomi och organisation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-1300ISBN: 978-91-86135-07-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-1297DiVA: diva2:37850
Public defence
2008-11-21, Delta, R-huset, Högskoleplan, Västerås, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-01-07 Created: 2008-10-14 Last updated: 2009-01-07Bibliographically approved

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