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Management of large carnivores in Fennoscandia: New patterns of regional participation

By Camilla Sandström, Jani Pillikka, Outi Ratamäki, Allan Sande

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Countries are increasingly shifting responsibility for large carnivore management from central to local government authorities. The three countries in Fennoscandia—Finland, Norway, and Sweden—are no exception. In all three countries new approaches to large carnivore management have emerged, including some elements of decentralization, which is intended to increase efficiency, and improve the equity, participation, and transparency of the government to the citizenry. Although the three countries are similar in terms of their biophysical and socioeconomic characteristics, they have chosen three different decentralization strategies. In Norway a representative model of decentralization has emerged, whereas the Swedish and Finnish model has a corporatist character. This comparative study of policies relating to the large carnivores in the three countries focuses on the actors, and their powers and accountability, and demonstrates that the different strategies result in no significant increase in power at the local or regional level. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

Publication Title Human Dimensions of Wildlife
Volume 14
Issue 1
Pages 37-50
ISBN/ISSN 1087-12091533-158X
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10871200802304726
Author Address Sandström, Camilla, Department of Political Science, Umea University , Umea, Sweden, SE-901 87,
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  1. Agencies and organizations
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Carnivores
  4. Europe
  5. Government
  6. Human-animal interactions
  7. Interspecies interactions
  8. Management
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