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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2018

How does biodiversity conservation argumentation generate effects in policy cycles?

Jokinen, Pekka; Blicharska, Malgorzata; Primmer, Eeva; Van Herzele, Ann; Kopperoinen, Leena; Ratamaki, Outi


Arguments in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of biodiversity policy frame conservation in a range of ways and express interests that can be conflicting. Policy processes are cyclic and iterative by nature and as policies are constantly reformulated, argumentation has an important role at each policy stage. In this paper, we utilise the policy cycle model to shed light on biodiversity-related policy processes and the ways in which argumentation generates effects at different stages of these processes. The paper first draws on literature and the theory-driven assumptions are then illustrated with insights from four European case studies on different policy processes in which biodiversity conservation plays a role. The analysis shows that argumentation tends to evolve over the course of the policy cycle, and framing has a key role across the different policy stages. It is concluded that the ways in which arguments persist, accumulate, diffuse, and replace old arguments, should be the target of increased attention in policy analysis.


Biodiversity conservation; Policy cycle; Argumentation; Policy framing

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Biodiversity and Conservation
2018, Volume: 27, number: 7, pages: 1725-1740
Publisher: SPRINGER

    Sustainable Development Goals

    SDG15 Life on land

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    Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

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