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Two approaches to a sustainability problem: systems modelling and social complexity in Swedish fisheries governance

Säwe, Filippa LU and Hultman, Johan LU (2015) In Environmental Policy and Governance
Abstract
In environmental governance, sustainability transformations research and practice represent an academically and politically influential discourse of sustainable development. Transformation thinking uses an explicit systems perspective to articulate pathways towards a sustainable society. Despite its social focus, transformation epistemology has developed in isolation from social theory. By qualitative analyses of Swedish fisheries legislation documents, we introduce social analysis to a systems perspective. We demonstrate how a systems approach, despite its claims to promote social practices, has difficulties to take social complexity into account. We conclude that systems modelling shapes social reality according to its own logic of... (More)
In environmental governance, sustainability transformations research and practice represent an academically and politically influential discourse of sustainable development. Transformation thinking uses an explicit systems perspective to articulate pathways towards a sustainable society. Despite its social focus, transformation epistemology has developed in isolation from social theory. By qualitative analyses of Swedish fisheries legislation documents, we introduce social analysis to a systems perspective. We demonstrate how a systems approach, despite its claims to promote social practices, has difficulties to take social complexity into account. We conclude that systems modelling shapes social reality according to its own logic of efficiency, and that pre-defined goals of economics optimization prevail over social continuity and accumulated, experiential knowledge. (Less)
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  abstract     = {In environmental governance, sustainability transformations research and practice represent an academically and politically influential discourse of sustainable development. Transformation thinking uses an explicit systems perspective to articulate pathways towards a sustainable society. Despite its social focus, transformation epistemology has developed in isolation from social theory. By qualitative analyses of Swedish fisheries legislation documents, we introduce social analysis to a systems perspective. We demonstrate how a systems approach, despite its claims to promote social practices, has difficulties to take social complexity into account. We conclude that systems modelling shapes social reality according to its own logic of efficiency, and that pre-defined goals of economics optimization prevail over social continuity and accumulated, experiential knowledge.},
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