Governance of the Bioeconomy: A Global Comparative Study of National Bioeconomy Strategies

More than forty states worldwide currently pursue explicit political strategies to expand and promote their bioeconomies. This paper assesses these strategies in the context of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our theoretical framework differentiates between four pathways of bioecono...

Authors: Dietz, Thomas
Börner, Jan
Foerster, Jan
Braun, Joachim von
Document types:Article
Media types:Text
Publication date:2018
Date of publication on miami:28.05.2019
Modification date:28.05.2019
Edition statement:[Electronic ed.]
Source:Sustainability 10 (2018) 9, 3190, 1-20
Subjects:bioeconomy; governance; development policy; innovation; technology; bio-based
DDC Subject:320: Politikwissenschaft
License:CC BY 4.0
Language:English
Funding:Finanziert durch den Open-Access-Publikationsfonds 2018 der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) und der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU Münster).
Format:PDF document
URN:urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-64189487650
Permalink:http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-64189487650
Other Identifiers:DOI: 10.3390/su10093190
Digital documents:artikel_dietz_2018.pdf

More than forty states worldwide currently pursue explicit political strategies to expand and promote their bioeconomies. This paper assesses these strategies in the context of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our theoretical framework differentiates between four pathways of bioeconomic developments. The extent to which bioeconomic developments along these pathways lead to increased sustainability depends on the creation of effective governance mechanisms. We distinguish between enabling governance and constraining governance as the two fundamental political challenges in setting up an effective governance framework for a sustainable bioeconomy. Further, we lay out a taxonomy of political support measures (enabling governance) and regulatory tools (constraining governance) that states can use to confront these two political challenges. Guided by this theoretical framework, we conduct a qualitative content analysis of 41 national bioeconomy strategies to provide systematic answers to the question of how well designed the individual national bioeconomy strategies are to ensure the rise of a sustainable bioeconomy.