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Public Procurement and Forest Governance: A German Case Study of Governmental Influences on Market-Driven Governance Systems

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  • Moritz Albrecht

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    (Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, University of Eastern Finland, Yliopistokatu 7, Joensuu 80101, Finland)

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    With increased privatization of natural resource regulation, green or sustainable public procurement policies are emerging as incentives for sustainable development. Thus, a revival of governmental influences on so-called non-state, market-driven governance systems takes place. The paper exemplifies this development by reference to the green public procurement directives for wood products in Germany and its influence on major forest certification systems and forest governance. Using an approach of governmentality in relational space, the paper displays how governmental entities play a significant role in influencing forest governance systems and the greening of markets. The importance of the underlying relations that shape governmental instruments and their influences on forest certification and governance are evaluated from a German perspective. Acknowledging the market-driven aspects of forest certification systems, the paper highlights the often-neglected impacts of governmental regulation on emerging forest governance systems. Thus, the framework allows insights into how relations among political entities and their means of knowledge production are essential for processes of forest governance.

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    Volume (Year): 1 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 (September)
    Pages: 4-23

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    Handle: RePEc:gam:jscscx:v:1:y:2012:i:1:p:4-23:d:20072

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    Keywords: public procurement; forest certification; governmentality; forest governance; Germany;

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