Title: Discourse coalitions in Swiss waste management : gridlock or winds of change?
Authors : Duygan, Mert
Stauffacher, Michael
Meylan, Grégoire
Published in : Waste Management
Volume(Issue) : 72
Pages : 25
Pages to: 44
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Elsevier
Issue Date: 10-Nov-2017
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Advocacy coalition framework; Biogenic waste; Discourse network analysis; Plastic waste; Sustainability transition; Waste hierarchy
Subject (DDC) : 363: Environmental and security problems
Abstract: As a complex socio-technical system, waste management is crucially important for the sustainable management of material and energy flows. Transition to better performing waste management systems requires not only determining what needs to be changed but also finding out how this change can be realized. Without understanding the political context, insights from decision support tools such as life cycle assessment (LCA) are likely to be lost in translation to decision and policy making. This study strives to provide a first insight into the political context and address the opportunities and barriers pertinent to initiating a change in Swiss waste management. For this purpose, the discourses around a major policy process are analysed to uncover the policy beliefs and preferences of actors. Discourse coalitions are delineated by referring to the Advocacy Coalition Framework (Sabatier, 1998) and using the Discourse Network Analysis (Leifeld and Haunss, 2012) method. The results display an incoherent regime (Fuenfschilling and Truffer, 2014) with divergent belief clusters on core issues in waste management. Yet, some actors holding different beliefs appear to have overlapping interests on secondary issues such as the treatment of biogenic waste or plastics. Although the current political context hinders a system-wide disruptive change, transitions can be initiated at local or regional scale by utilizing the shared interest across different discourse coalitions.
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: International Management Institute (IMI)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1016/j.wasman.2017.11.006
ISSN: 1879-2456
0956-053X
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/6998
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