Kuliah Tamu dari Prof. Otto Hospes dari School of Social Sciences, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

Changing Interpretations of Sovereignty in the Field of Sustainable Palm Oil
Since the 1990s, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and businesses have gained
prominence as architects of new forms of transnational governance creating Voluntary Sustainability
Standards (VSS). The legitimacy and effectiveness of VSS are dependent on interactions with public
authorities and regulation. While studies suggest that the (perceived) gain or loss of sovereignty
by a state shapes public–private interactions, we have little understanding on how states use or
interpret sovereignty in their interactions with VSS. In this paper, we explore what interpretations
of sovereignty are used by states at different ends of global value chains in interactions with VSS.
Based on a comparative and longitudinal study of interactions of Indonesian and Dutch state actors
with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, we conclude that states strategically use different and
changing notions of sovereignty to control the policy and debate regarding sustainable palm oil.
When interactions between public and private governance are coordinative in nature, notions of
interdependent sovereignty are used. However, when interactions are competitive, domestic and
Westphalian notions of sovereignty are used. Our results show conflicting interpretations and usages
of sovereignty by different states, which might negatively impact the regulatory capacity within an
issue field to address sustainability issues.
Dalam rangka kegiatan Inbound Mitra Internasional, Departemen Sains Komunikasi dan Pengembangan Masyarakat, FEMA IPB, kami bermaksud mengadakan Kuliah Umum pada:

Hari      : Rabu, 30 Oktober 2019

Pukul    : 10.00 – 12.00

Tempat : Ruang Rabuan Lv 4 Dept SKPM, Fakultas Ekologi Manusia, Kampus IPB Darmaga


Dr. Ir. Otto Hospes [Wegeningen University & Research, Public Administration and Policy] investigates politics and governance of global value value chains, with a particular focus on the role of public authorities. He is particularly interested in politics on sustainable palm oil and has extensively conducted research and theorized on governance interactions between the Indonesian government and other actors on this controversial issue. He is a former senior evaluator at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has extensive experience in coordinating large interdisciplinary PhD research programs on global value chains (otto.hospes@wur.nl).

About the author

Departemen Sains Komunikasi dan Pengembangan Masyarakat adalah departemen di Fakultas Ekologi Manusia, Institut Pertanian Bogor yang terakreditasi A oleh BAN PT.

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