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Policy Coherence for Sustainable Agricultural Development: Uncovering Prospects and Pretence within the Swedish Policy for Global Development
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development, CSD Uppsala.
2013 (English)In: Development Policy Review, ISSN 0950-6764, E-ISSN 1467-7679, Vol. 31, no 6, 757-776 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Within the European Union, promotion of policy coherence' is intended to improve co-ordination across sectors and groups of professionals, who make competing claims for agricultural development in low-income countries. This article examines the prospects for stakeholders in Sweden to implement such a policy, drawing on experiences from the launch of a national multi-stakeholder platform with the participation of 99 organisations. Its findings demonstrate institutional fragmentation and struggles for legitimacy, with the internationally heralded Swedish Policy for Global Development operated largely as a tokenistic instrument, legitimised by the pretence of stakeholder engagement. It argues for improved institutional support to facilitate cross-sectoral dialogues to deconstruct social boundaries which are no longer relevant.

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2013. Vol. 31, no 6, 757-776 p.
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Policy coherence, agriculture, institutions, stakeholders, legitimacy
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Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-210553DOI: 10.1111/dpr.12034ISI: 000325464000006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-210553DiVA: diva2:664125
Available from: 2013-11-14 Created: 2013-11-11 Last updated: 2013-11-14Bibliographically approved

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