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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2018

Dealing With a Wicked Problem? A Dark Tale of Carnivore Management in Sweden 2007-2011

Duit, Andreas; Lof, Annette


In this article, we investigate whether increased participation offers a way of addressing wicked policy problems. We utilize a natural policy experiment in the form of a 2010 reform of Swedish wildlife management policy aiming to solve longstanding conflicts over predators through increased stakeholder participation in regional Wildlife Management Boards. Using a panel study design containing quantitative and qualitative data, we estimate pre- and post-reform levels of three wickedness-reducing mechanisms: legitimacy, deliberation, and conflict intensity. Despite a substantial increase in participation, we find no evidence of reduced wickedness after the reform.


wicked problems; participation; natural resource management

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Administration and Society
2018, Volume: 50, number: 8, pages: 1072-1096

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    Fish and Wildlife Management
    Public Administration Studies

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