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The Role of Organizational Identities for Policy Integration Processes: Managing Sustainable Transport Development
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2016 (English)In: Public Organzation Review, ISSN 1566-7170Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

Sustainable transport development is a complex, but necessary issue to manage if the use of fossil energy will decrease and transportation become more energy-efficient and environmental friendly. The contemporary public organization is organized into policy sectors and tiers of government, but the issue of sustainability is not confined to one single sector or level, it transcends all these traditional boundaries. To address this complexity policy integration has been suggested as a way for public organizations to open up the sectoral and vertical boundaries in policymaking. This paper discusses a case study of a political committee on the regional level in Sweden, which has been formed for integrated policymaking between sectors and local and regional authorities to manage sustainable transport development. The analysis of the case shows that vertical and sectoral integration are dependent processes and that the relation between different organizational identities either strengthens or undermine them. Vertical integration is not resulting in sectoral integration, rather it works prohibiting against sectoral integration

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2016.
Keyword [en]
Organizational identity; Policy integration; Regional governance; Sustainable transport policy; Sweden
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-134659DOI: 10.1007/s11115-016-0348-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-134659DiVA: diva2:1076252
Available from: 2017-02-22 Created: 2017-02-22 Last updated: 2017-02-22
In thesis
1. Policy Integration for Sustainable Transport Development: Case Studies of Two Swedish Regions
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2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Integration av policyprocesser mellan sektorer och nivåer för hållbar transportutveckling : två fallstudier av svenska regioner
Abstract [en]

It has been argued that for the management of complex issues such as sustainability, which transcend traditional policy sectors and require coordination between several different interests and actors, policymaking depends upon collaboration and integration processes between different sectors and tiers of government. The overall aim of this thesis is therefore to study how and why (or why not) policy integration processes are being developed in regional policymaking and what this means for the achievement of sustainable transport. The thesis consists of two separate qualitative case studies of policymaking in two Swedish regions, one representing a least likely case and the other a most likely case of policy integration. The focus has been on the organizational actors involved in policymaking processes for the regional transport system. For the general discussion the theoretical framework of policy integration, complemented by the analytical concepts of policy logics, organizational identities and boundary object are used. The findings are presented in four articles. An overall conclusion is that policy integration processes do not necessarily result in policy for sustainable transport. If policy integration becomes a goal in itself and the same as joint policy, it risks neglecting sustainable values and becoming the smallest common denominator that a number of actors can agree on. For developing sustainable transport solutions, collaboration for the coordination of policy may be beneficial, but the aim of such processes should not be joint policy.

Abstract [sv]

För att beslut och riktlinjer ska kunna utformas så att de leder till lösningar av komplexa frågor, såsom hållbar utveckling, anses de behöva hanteras i samverkan mellan flertalet berörda sektorer och beslutsfattande nivåer. Det är dessa samverkansprocesser, beskrivna som integration under policy processer, som den här avhandlingen analyserar. Syftet är att studera om och hur integrerade regionala policyprocesser förekommer, hur de utvecklas samt deras betydelse för att åstadkomma ett hållbarare transportsystem. Detta undersöks genom kvalitativa fallstudier av två olika svenska regioner som representerar ett minst och ett mest troligt fall av integration av policy. Fallstudierna görs i regionerna Stockholms län och Västra Götalands län. Dessa två fall representerar dessutom två helt olika typer av regionala organisationer, vilket gör att de utgör underlag till, inte bara en diskussion om hållbara transporter, utan också om utvecklingen av den svenska regionala förvaltningsnivån. För analys används teori kring integration av policy och tre huvudsakliga analytiska begreppsansatser: policylogiker, organisationsidentiteter och gränsobjekt. Resultaten presenteras i fyra separata artiklar och dessa diskuteras tillsammans i den inledande kappan. I studien konstateras att integration av policysektorer och förvaltningsnivåer inte nödvändigtvis leder till transportlösningar som är mer hållbara. Beslut om en gemensam policy över sektorer och nivåer riskerar bli urvattnad eftersom det är många aktörer som ska komma överens. Samverkan för att samordna olika mål och intressen visar sig i huvudsak vara viktigt för att styra mot ett hållbart transportsystem, men det innebär inte att gemensam policy bör vara målet. Därutöver belyser studien hur olika organisationsformer på regional nivå påverkar regionala beslutsprocesser och hanteringen av hållbar transportutveckling.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2016. 85 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 688
Keyword
Policy integration, sustainable transport, region, policy, planning, public administration, institutional logics, organizational identity, boundary object, Sweden, Policy integration, samverkan, hållbara transporter, regional nivå, policy, planering, offentlig förvaltning, institutionella logiker, organisationsidentiteter, gränsobjekt
National Category
Environmental Management Environmental Sciences Transport Systems and Logistics Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Political Science Energy Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-130781 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-130781 (DOI)9789176857243 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-09-23, VAL, Vallfarten, Campus Valla, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2016-08-23 Created: 2016-08-23 Last updated: 2017-02-22Bibliographically approved

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