Toward projectified environmental governance?

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Munck af Rosenschöld , J & Wolf , S 2017 , ' Toward projectified environmental governance? ' , Environment and Planning A , vol. 49 , no. 2 , pp. 273-292 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0308518X16674210

Title: Toward projectified environmental governance?
Author: Munck af Rosenschöld, Johan; Wolf, Steven
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)


Date: 2017
Language: eng
Belongs to series: Environment and Planning A
ISSN: 0308-518X
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0308518X16674210
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/306479
Abstract: Projects are often praised for their efficiency, responsiveness to local context, and capacity to spur innovation, especially in comparison to more permanent organizations. Projects – crosscutting organizational forms chartered to advance well-defined objectives during a specified period of time – have been a staple organizational form in the private sector, but only recently have scholars started to evaluate their relevance to governance within developed economies. In this paper, we explore projectification – i.e. expanded reliance on temporally bounded organizations – as a conceptual frame to advance understanding of environmental governance and as an empirical vehicle to incorporate temporal scales into a literature that has largely been focused on questions of spatial scale and levels of social organization. Through a case study of the United States Department of Agriculture’s recently created Regional Conservation Partnership Program, we critically assess the concept of projectification. Based on interviews with key policy analysts and administrators and a review of policy documents, we critically evaluate prospects for project forms to empower local actors, produce new knowledge, and disrupt the policy field.
Subject: 5142 Social policy
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