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Reflecting on Collaborative Networking and the Roles of Municipalities in Local Sustainable Development
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technology and Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2016 (English)In: THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABILITY POLICY AND PRACTICE, ISSN 2325-1166, Vol. 12, no 2, 13-23 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sustainable development must be addressed locally; therefore, local governments and municipalities play acritical role in most states, having different formal responsibilities and potentials to be accountable for outcomes.However, municipalities are far from the sole owners of sustainable development. This paper considers various aspectsof actor collaboration for sustainable development by conceptualizing who has responsibilities and opportunities tocollaborate with whom, regarding what, and when. This paper synthesizes results of earlier case studies of municipalsustainability policy and praxis as well as theoretical considerations regarding networked governance andaccountability. The empirical basis is derived from interviews, surveys, observations, and document studies of Swedishcases, but has more general implications as well. This examination interprets the meanings of local resources andconstraints in the networked governance of sustainable urban development. It contributes to local actors’ reflections oneach other’s “worlds” and collaboration agendas. Our analytical conceptualization distinguishes between groups ofactors and their relationships with the local community and specifies spheres of responsibility by identifying these actors’perceptions of their action space. By providing this analytical framework, the conceptualization can encourage moresustainable collaboration and practices.

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Common Ground Publishing , 2016. Vol. 12, no 2, 13-23 p.
Keyword [en]
Collaboration, Sustainable City Development, Municipalities
National Category
Public Administration Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-125654OAI: diva2:907631
Swedish Research Council Formas, 254-2011-965
Available from: 2016-02-29 Created: 2016-02-29 Last updated: 2016-04-11Bibliographically approved

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