Action for Climate Transformation in Sweden (ACTS)

Climate action in the post-Paris policy landscape:
The role of non-state initiatives in the transformation of Sweden into a fossil fuel-free welfare state

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About the project

The Paris Agreement has opened up a new chapter in political efforts to tackle climate change. It provides a new flexible framework for moving the world towards decarbonization, leaving goal-setting and implementation not only up to states, but also recognizing the importance of non-state (e.g. business and civil society) and sub-national (e.g. regions and cities) actors.

In this project we seek to understand how the interplay between state and non-state climate action unfolds in the post-Paris climate policy landscape. The project will provide new insights into the possibilities for the Swedish government to mobilize and catalyze non-state climate action.

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Project modules

This project seeks to advance the research frontier and provide policy-relevant knowledge on climate governance by examining the interplay between the Swedish state and domestic and transnational climate initiatives, involving non-state and sub-national actors. It will map collaborative climate initiatives involving Swedish public and private actors; assess their performance in terms of effectiveness and legitimacy; appraise their political impacts vis-à-vis the Swedish state; and devise policy recommendations for harnessing their transformative potential.

Module 1 | Mapping Swedish non-state and sub-national climate initiatives

Which Swedish non-state and sub-national actors are mobilizing climate action through cooperative initiatives in Sweden and transnationally?

Module 2 | Evaluating the effectiveness and legitimacy of non-state climate initiatives

To what extent can non-state initiatives effectively contribute to the process of decarbonization? To what extent can non-state initiatives increase the legitimacy of climate governance?

Module 3 | Analyzing the societal effects and political dynamics of non-state climate initiatives

How do these actors interpret the goal of turning Sweden into the world’s first fossil fuel-free welfare state, and which political strategies do they mobilize towards that end? What are the political effects of closer state/non-state interactions?

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Meet the project team

ACTS brings together researchers from three different research institutions: Stockholm University and Linköping University in Sweden as well as Free University Amsterdam in the Netherlands. With expertise in different fields[…]

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Kick-off meeting in Stockholm

Between November 22nd and 23rd, the ACTS project team held its first workshop in Djurönäset near Stockholm to officially kick-off their project on climate action in a post-Paris landscape. The complete[…]

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FORMAS provides funding for ACTS

Formas, the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development, will provide funding for the ACTS research project. Karin Bäckstrand and fellow applicants Naghmeh Nasiritousi (SU) and Eva Lövbrand (LiU) has received[…]

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A joint, collaborative project

ACTS brings together researchers from Stockholm University, Linköping University, and Free University Amsterdam. A Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), as well as a Practitioner’s Council were established for regular exchange.


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