Siinviidatud vabalevis olev tekst leidis oma koha peamiselt kolmel põhjusel:

  1. keskkonnaküsimused on üks siinse lehe fookusvaldkondi;
  2. narratiivid nii vahendina valitsetuses või juhtumises aga ka uurimisobjektina on igapäevapraktikates veel vähetuntud ja alakasutatud;
  3. uurijatele-tudengitele võiks huvi pakkuda teoreetiline raamistik, mis on koostatud väga minimastlikult.

Kontekstiks:

Nation states often commit to international agreements whose purpose is to advance globally important aims and moral ideals but end up choosing policymaking paths that do not bring them any closer to fulfilling such commitments or shift those goals to a more distant future. Such widespread ‘decoupling’ (Meyer et al., 1997) between formal commitments and actual practices is a characteristic of national policymaking throughout the world.

Näide-inspiratsioon:

Climate policy provides a noteworthy example of how even democratic countries end up adopting practices that are incongruent with their formal commitments, such as international efforts to mitigate climate change.

Soome juhtum:

The empirical case we analyse is the Finnish news media discourse from 2017 to 2018 around the EU’s Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) regulation. The discourse embodies a contradiction, as the Finnish government sought to justify its aim to log a record amount of forest while officially pledging to climate change mitigation.

Huvitav fakt Soome kohta:

Finland is Europe’s most heavily forested country, with more than 75% of its land area covered in largely commercially exploited forests; while the state owns about a quarter of the total forested area (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, 2021), one in five Finns is a forest owner (Natural Resources Institute Finland, 2013).

Väljakutsed:

In contemporary mediatised societies, politics is characterised by a struggle over who can make authoritative claims in those stages of political processes that matter most for outcomes (Hajer, 2009).

Autorid väidavad:

We argue that narratives play a crucial legitimating role in epistemic governance, especially when it occurs through media discourse.

Lugemishuvi suurendamiseks:

We argue that the narratives are also objects of epistemic governance: the actors involved in political debates share tacit understandings of culturally meaningful ways of making sense and thus may also seek to rewrite the narratives to better advance their aims. […] The most prevalent and arguably most effective, the narrative of advancing economic growth, values economic growth above all. […] The second narrative, sustainable forest use, also emphasises the contribution of forests to Finland’s national wealth but also cherished other values (e.g. biodiversity) and affordances (e.g. various recreational uses of the forest). […] The third narrative, defending cultural heritage and the national right to decide, emphasises ‘Finnishness’ and connects it to the ‘proper’, traditional use of the forests, which is seen as the best for Finland’s future.

Sivonen, M. H., & Syväterä, J. (2022). Formal commitments versus actual practices? Narratives as tools of epistemic governance in the debate over Finnish forestry. Acta Sociologica. https://doi.org/10.1177/00016993221099618