Becoming a conservation 'good power': Norway's early World Heritage history
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Original versionInternational Journal of Cultural Policy. 2018 10.1080/10286632.2018.1431223
States stand at the core of the World Heritage Convention and their multifaceted interstate relations have been a central subject in contemporary World Heritage research. Less research has been directed towards intrastate relations, that is relations between organisation-agencies and individual agents within a State Party. Spurring from the 40th anniversary of Norway’s ratification of the World Heritage Convention, this paper utilises archival records to explore the intrastate relations and transactional authority at play within the State Party of Norway. Inspired by recent research in international relations and political science, it analyses Norway’s ratification process (1972–1977) through its early years as an observer (1978–1983) to its first committee tenure (1983–1989). Currently known as one of the spokespersons for scientific advice, returning to the 1980s provides an opportunity to reflect on how Norway laid the foundations for becoming a conservation ‘good power’ through its actions and responses to other states’ lobbying efforts.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Cultural Policy, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10286632.2018.1431223. Embargo until 02 August 2019.