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Thursday, June 27 • 15:00 - 16:30
Theorising the implementation of marine policies and plans. (2)

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Chaired by: Sander, G.

Theorising the implementation of marine policies and plans (2)
Gunnar Sander & Tim Stojanovic

Marine policies have been critiqued as ineffective for a number of reasons. States and other actors may be slow in taking up new approaches, and when they do, the results do not always live up to the expectations. Planning has an important role in many marine policies, such as integrated ocean management, ecosystem-based management, marine spatial planning and marine protected areas. Planning and subsequent decision-making can formulate policy-on-paper. However, decisions must be followed by efficient and effective implementation afterwards in order to deliver what was expected. For this session, we have invited papers from a broad range of disciplines to discuss how the results of implementing marine policies can be studied. Implementation theory is one tradition, which has so far not been used much in marine studies. Governance theories of various kinds and regime theory tend to focus on the behaviour of key actors, ideas and institutional arrangements. Other approaches may also have been applied. The session will explore the strengths and weaknesses of the different theoretical approaches. We have included papers which have empirically explored the implementation of marine policies and planning in different contexts, to present the achievements of the implementation processes studied and reflect on the theoretical underpinning of their work. We invite debate about what insights empirically based theory development can generate and what that has to offer for practice.

Competing theoretical frameworks for the evaluation of marine planning: reviewing the implementation of UK marine spatial plans
Tim Stojanovic

Marine Spatial Planning in the UK. A Review of Progress and an Assessment of the Effectiveness of Marine Plan Policy in Decision-Making
Anne-Michelle Slater & Jim Claydon

Conceptualising the implementation of marine spatial planning in the United Kingdom as a boundary object problem. 
Jane Clarke, Wesley Flannery & Geraint Ellis

Discussant: 
Harad Saetren




Thursday June 27, 2019 15:00 - 16:30
REC A2.09 Roeters Eiland Complex, University of Amsterdam