Advancing voluntary chemical governance? The case of the Swedish textile industry dialogue

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Advancing voluntary chemical governance? The case of the Swedish textile industry dialogue
Author Hall, Patrik ; Hysing, Erik
Date 2019
English abstract
Voluntary environmental governance is a widely used policy approach that has been criticized for its lack of effectiveness. This raises fundamental questions about how to design processes that can advance voluntary programmes in a way that makes them more successful. In this paper, we analyse a government-initiated dialogue process to phase out hazardous chemicals through voluntary action by the Swedish textile industry. The analysis shows that information transfer primarily motivated business participation, while consumer pressure, regulatory threats and traditions of government–business cooperation played minor roles. The institutional design of the dialogue ensured close interaction within a homogeneous group, but collective actions were limited by disagreement about the problems to be addressed, prior unilateral environmental commitments by leading companies, and ambivalent engagement. This case provides valuable insights into the effect of institutional design on the actual interplay between business and government and its effects on voluntary governance.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2018.1457515 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link https://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2018.1457515 .Icon
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Host/Issue Journal of Environmental Planning and Management;6
Volume 62
ISSN 0964-0568
Language eng (iso)
Subject Voluntary environmental action
Industry dialogue
Chemical policy
Textile industry
Institutional design
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/26921 Permalink to this page
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