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Transnational environmental collective action facing implementation constraints: the case of nutrient leakage in the Baltic Sea Action Plan
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5040-4917
2016 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, ISSN 1523-908X, E-ISSN 1522-7200Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

While scholars have showed a long-standing interest for how to design effective environmental treaties and other international agreements, less interest has been paid to implementation phases of these agreements. This article takes the Eutrophication Segment in the Baltic Sea Action Plan as an example of a regional effort to reduce nutrient leakages, where national reporting of adopted strategies has been a key mechanism to improve implementation effectiveness. It is shown that although transnational collective action theory is a powerful tool to analyse underlying drivers and priorities in state implementation policies, a deeper analysis of domestic and external constraints can shed additional light on observed implementation gaps. Varying views among countries on, for example, the role of stakeholder participation, legitimacy and top-down governing versus multi-stakeholder governance approaches may comprise domestic constraints that make effective and efficient implementation problematic. In terms of external constraints, states’ balancing of action plan objectives versus other international commitments, such as other environmental treaties and EU Directives, is shown to potentially reduce implementation efficiency as well.

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Taylor & Francis, 2016.
Keyword [en]
BSAP, Baltic Sea environment, implementation, action plan, transnational collective action
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Environmental Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-30940DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2016.1233808Local ID: 512/42/2012OAI: diva2:1015108
Cooperating for sustainable regional marine governance - The case of fisheries and nutrient run-off from agriculture to the Baltic Sea
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 512/42/2012
Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04 Last updated: 2016-10-06Bibliographically approved

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