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The relative power of environmental assessment as a governance tool: organization and the case of the Nord Stream gas pipeline
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2014 (English)In: Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, ISSN 1461-5517, E-ISSN 1471-5465, Vol. 32, no 2, 98-107 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper seeks to contribute to an understanding of the role of power by introducing an organizational perspective to the study of environmental assessment (EA) procedures. By analysing the transboundary environmental assessment (TEA) for the Nord Stream gas pipeline between Russia and Germany, we show that Nord Stream used some of the sentiments imbedded in the institutionalization of TEA and the Espoo convention's formal rules to legitimate its interests. The acts of organizing and organizational relations, however, are what can explain agency and power between organizations and hence the relative power of EA as a governance tool.

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2014. Vol. 32, no 2, 98-107 p.
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environmental assessment, TEA, transnational governance tool, organization, institution, power
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Sociology Ecology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-253884DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2014.896083ISI: 000353617200002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-253884DiVA: diva2:816413
Available from: 2015-06-03 Created: 2015-06-03 Last updated: 2015-06-03Bibliographically approved

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