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Boström, M., Casual Vifell, Å., Klintman, M., Soneryd, L., Hallström, K. T. & Thedvall, R. (2015). Social sustainability requires social sustainability procedural prerequisites for reaching substantive goals. Nature and Culture, 10(2), 131-156
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2015 (English)In: Nature and Culture, ISSN 1558-6073, E-ISSN 1558-5468, Vol. 10, no 2, p. 131-156Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The synergies and trade-offs between the various dimensions of sustainable development are attracting a rising scholarly attention. Departing from the scholarly debate, this article focuses on internal relationships within social sustainability. Our key claim is that it is diffi cult to strengthen substantive social sustainability goals unless there are key elements of social sustainability contained in the very procedures intended to work toward sustainability. Our analysis, informed by an organizing perspective, is based on a set of case studies on multi-stakeholder transnational sustainability projects (sustainability standards). This article explores six challenges related to the achievement of such procedures that can facilitate substantive social sustainability. Three of these concern the formulation of standards and policies, and three the implementation of standards and policies. To achieve substantive social sustainability procedures must be set in motion with abilities to take hold of people's concerns, frames, resources, as well as existing relevant institutions and infrastructures. © Berghahn Journals.

Keywords
Multi-stakeholder, Participation, Procedures, Social sustainability, Standards, Sustainable development
National Category
Environmental Sciences Social and Economic Geography
Research subject
Environmental Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-28184 (URN)10.3167/nc.2015.100201 (DOI)000361515200001 ()2-s2.0-84938060281 (Scopus ID)53/42/2008 (Local ID)53/42/2008 (Archive number)53/42/2008 (OAI)
Projects
The Missing Pillar: Incorporating the Social Dimension in Transnational Sustainability Projects
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas
Available from: 2015-09-03 Created: 2015-09-03 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
Casula Vifell, Å. & Sjögren, E. (2014). The Legal Mind of the Internal Market: A Governmentality Perspective on the Judicialization of Monitoring Practices. Journal of Common Market Studies, 52(3), 461-478
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Legal Mind of the Internal Market: A Governmentality Perspective on the Judicialization of Monitoring Practices
2014 (English)In: Journal of Common Market Studies, ISSN 0021-9886, E-ISSN 1468-5965, Vol. 52, no 3, p. 461-478Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to contribute to the understanding of the broader effects of monitoring practices in the European Union. The empirical setting is Solvit, a Commission-initiated network tasked with informal resolution of misapplications of internal market directives by national authorities. All Member States must operate a Solvit centre within their administrations. Using a governmentality approach, the article investigates the normative underpinnings of the technologies deployed by Solvit and the experts which operate them. A survey study of the Solvit network shows the development of an EU identity and a cognitive judicialization which contributes to a depoliticization of issues. This allows Solvit to expand its remit from ex post monitoring to ex ante regulation. While a governance instrument can be designed for a delimited task, a governmentality approach highlights more general mechanisms by which such an instrument's influence and reach may be extended beyond its modest appearances.

National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-21043 (URN)10.1111/jcms.12110 (DOI)000333990400002 ()2-s2.0-84898047538 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2014-01-07 Created: 2014-01-07 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Casula Vifell, Å. & Ivarsson Westerberg, A. (2013). Förvaltningen och dess folk. In: Åsa Casual Vifell, Anders Ivarsson Westerberg (Ed.), I det offentligas tjänst: nya förutsättningar för tjänstemannarollen (pp. 15-33). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Förvaltningen och dess folk
2013 (Swedish)In: I det offentligas tjänst: nya förutsättningar för tjänstemannarollen / [ed] Åsa Casual Vifell, Anders Ivarsson Westerberg, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2013, p. 15-33Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2013
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-21070 (URN)978-91-40-68269-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-01-08 Created: 2014-01-08 Last updated: 2015-07-17Bibliographically approved
Casula Vifell, Å. & Ivarsson Westerberg, A. (Eds.). (2013). I det offentligas tjänst: Nya förutsättningar för tjänstemannarollen (1ed.). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>I det offentligas tjänst: Nya förutsättningar för tjänstemannarollen
2013 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2013. p. 214 Edition: 1
Keywords
Tjänsteman, Förvaltning, offentlig organisation, organisationsförändring
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-19898 (URN)978-91-40-68269-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-10-10 Created: 2013-10-10 Last updated: 2015-07-17Bibliographically approved
Casula Vifell, Å. (2013). Stockholm i EU: fragmentering, nätverk och regional storstadsidentitet. In: Torbjörn Nilsson (Ed.), Du sköna nya stad: privatisering, miljö och EU i Storstockholmspolitiken (pp. 209-240). Stockholm: Stockholmia förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Stockholm i EU: fragmentering, nätverk och regional storstadsidentitet
2013 (Swedish)In: Du sköna nya stad: privatisering, miljö och EU i Storstockholmspolitiken / [ed] Torbjörn Nilsson, Stockholm: Stockholmia förlag, 2013, p. 209-240Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Stockholmia förlag, 2013
Series
Monografier utgivna av Stockholms stad, ISSN 0282-5899 ; 233
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-24459 (URN)978-91-7031-258-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-08-28 Created: 2014-08-28 Last updated: 2014-08-28Bibliographically approved
Casula Vifell, Å. (2013). Svenska tjänstemän i Bryssel. In: Åsa Casual Vifell, Anders Ivarsson Westerberg (Ed.), I det offentligas tjänst: nya förutsättningar för tjänstemannarollen (pp. 109-130). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Svenska tjänstemän i Bryssel
2013 (Swedish)In: I det offentligas tjänst: nya förutsättningar för tjänstemannarollen / [ed] Åsa Casual Vifell, Anders Ivarsson Westerberg, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2013, p. 109-130Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2013
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-21072 (URN)
Available from: 2014-01-08 Created: 2014-01-08 Last updated: 2014-02-13Bibliographically approved
Casula Vifell, Å. & Ivarsson Westerberg, A. (2013). Tjänsteman i en förvalting i förändring. In: Åsa Casual Vifell, Anders Ivarsson Westerberg (Ed.), I det offentligas tjänst: nya förutsättningar för tjänstemannarollen (pp. 9-13). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tjänsteman i en förvalting i förändring
2013 (Swedish)In: I det offentligas tjänst: nya förutsättningar för tjänstemannarollen / [ed] Åsa Casual Vifell, Anders Ivarsson Westerberg, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2013, p. 9-13Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2013
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-21066 (URN)978-91-40-68269-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-01-08 Created: 2014-01-08 Last updated: 2015-07-17Bibliographically approved
Casula Vifell, Å. & Thedvall, R. (2012). Organizing for social sustainability: governance through bureaucratization in meta-organizations. Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, 8(1), 50-58
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Organizing for social sustainability: governance through bureaucratization in meta-organizations
2012 (English)In: Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, ISSN 1548-7733, E-ISSN 1548-7733, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 50-58Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The difficulties nation states face when attempting to use traditional legal means to cope with transnational phenomena such as environmental degradation, international labor conditions, and global trade have created an opportunity for the emergence of new types of regulations. These rules are often issued by organizations that produce voluntary measures such as standards and action plans to influence the behavior of individuals and institutions. These are in many cases meta-organizations that have other organizations rather than individuals as members. They are important links in the process of creating and diffusing dominant definitions in the "ideoscape" of influential policy concepts such as sustainable development. This article explores how two meta-organizations, Fairtrade International (FLO) and Organic Forum, shape the concepts of fair trade and organic food by providing ideas and content to the ideoscape of sustainable development. We argue that this process takes place by governance through bureaucrati-zation in which fair trade and organic food become formalized, precisely defined, and made visible. This in turn determines how-or even if-the social dimension of sustainability can be made into policy. Furthermore, we find explanations in these processes as to why the social dimension of sustainability tends to be the most underdeveloped. We conclude that bureaucratization is also a form of politics, although not one that is as easily recognizable as an open power struggle. © 2012 Casula Vifell & Thedvall.

Keywords
Bureaucracy, Food industry, Globalization, Organizations, Social conditions, Standardization, Sustainable development, Ena
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-21044 (URN)2-s2.0-84862504660 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2014-01-07 Created: 2014-01-07 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Casula Vifell, Å. & Soneryd, L. (2012). Organizing matters: how ‘the social dimension’ gets lost in sustainability projects. Sustainable Development, 20(1), 18-27
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Organizing matters: how ‘the social dimension’ gets lost in sustainability projects
2012 (English)In: Sustainable Development, ISSN 0968-0802, E-ISSN 1099-1719, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 18-27Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-13687 (URN)10.1002/sd.461 (DOI)000298985500002 ()2-s2.0-84855675927 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2011-12-05 Created: 2011-12-05 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
Casula Vifell, Å. & Sjögren, E. (2011). More Knowledge, Better Government?: Consequences of Knowledge-Based Decision Making in Swedish Pharmaceutical Benefits. Governance. An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions, 24(1), 85-110
Open this publication in new window or tab >>More Knowledge, Better Government?: Consequences of Knowledge-Based Decision Making in Swedish Pharmaceutical Benefits
2011 (English)In: Governance. An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions, ISSN 0952-1895, E-ISSN 1468-0491, Vol. 24, no 1, p. 85-110Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Using an example from the health-care sector, we illustrate consequences of implementing knowledge-based decision making relating to the exercise of political control. The Swedish Pharmaceutical Benefits Board decides the subsidization status of prescription pharmaceuticals. Building on a study of the agency's work, we explore the effects of institutional arrangements stemming from rationalistic demands for knowledgeable and justifiable outcomes related to political structures for control. Knowledge about the medical and economic effects of pharmaceuticals is routinely ambiguous. This makes it necessary to negotiate "decision-able" knowledge rather than to merely collect it. This touches on matters of broader political consequence, which the formal model for governing the administration does not take into account. This masks decisions as neutral administrative choices. A further conclusion concerns the lack of mechanisms for repoliticizing politically salient issues that have been delegated to administrative bodies.

National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-14981 (URN)10.1111/j.1468-0491.2010.01510.x (DOI)000285761000005 ()2-s2.0-78650407024 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2012-01-24 Created: 2012-01-24 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
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