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New World, Old Ideas-A Narrative of the Lithuanian Forestry Transition

Brukas, Vilis


Radical socio-economic transition has brought significant yet vaguely understood challenges for forestry in the countries of the former Eastern Bloc. This study narrates the case of the Lithuanian forestry transition, structured along the divides of actor versus structure and material versus ideational world. The narrative exposes remarkably stable forest policy with a significant exception of increased environmental consideration, induced mainly by strong external pressures. The forest policy arena is dominated by state authorities that are grounded in the theory of normal forest, rather distrust private forestry and primarily rely on regulatory instruments. Though the prevailing forestry paradigm has been challenged by researchers, arguing for administrative reforms, increased economic efficiency and larger decision freedom, the alternative ideas were either neglected or denounced fiercely. Such conservatism is a combined effect of ideological heritage of the forestry profession intermingled with vested interests by state forestry authorities.


social change; forest policy; forestry ideology; narrative analysis

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Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning
2015, Volym: 17, nummer: 4, sidor: 495-515

    UKÄ forskningsämne

    Statsvetenskap (exklusive studier av offentlig förvaltning och globaliseringsstudier)

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