Partnership Mode of Organising Government-Business Relationships: The Case of Green Network in Denmark

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At the 2002 Earth Summit in Johannesburg, it was concluded that public-private partnerships should be one of the pivotal mechanisms of greening. This conclusion underlined the shift in regulatory regimes that has been going on for more than a decade. Moving from largely command and control measures in the 1970s and 80s, through cleaner production initiatives and self-regulatory initiatives in the 90s, the emphasis is increasingly on using networks and partnerships between private firms, NGOs, government and civil society in general as levers for promoting a greening of industry. In terms of public-private partnerships, one of the foremost Danish initiatives is the Green Network in the county of Vejle. This initiative currently involves more than 260 companies and 10 public bodies. The Network started in 1994 and has grown in size and importance ever since. Fundamentally, it aims at providing new forms of cooperation between public authorities and private companies. The vehicle for this was initially a voluntary environmental statement by companies, who wished to be members. With the passing of time, however, the demands and pressures on both companies and public bodies have increased. Hence, the tools and means employed - outside as well as inside the network - have developed accordingly. In this paper, the authors discuss a distinct partnership mode of government business relationships ? a strategic alliance with respect, trust, and mutual legitimacy ? and relate this to the Green Network way of doing things. The ?Partnership Model? has a number of essential features, and can be used normatively, i.e. a local region or a country may take the model as a starting point for the establishing of relations between Government and Business; or the model can be used descriptively to analyse present Government-Business relationships, e.g. in relation to a specific functional area such as the environment. It is the latter approach that is applied in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPartnerships for Sustainable Development, The University of Hong Kong, 2004
PublisherThe Centre of Urban Planning, University of Hong Kong
Publication date2004
ISBN (Print)962758925X
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventPartnership Mode of Organising Government-Business Relationships -
Duration: 19 May 2010 → …


ConferencePartnership Mode of Organising Government-Business Relationships
Period19/05/2010 → …


  • Governance
  • Partnerships
  • Environmental Management
  • Partnership Model
  • Institutions
  • Networks


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