Can policy perception influence social resilience to policy change?

Marshall, N.A. (2007) Can policy perception influence social resilience to policy change? Fisheries Research, 86 (2-3). pp. 216-227.

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This paper addresses the question of whether policy perception can erode or enhance the ability of commercial fishers to be resilient to changes in fisheries policy. An understanding of the way that fishers perceive resource policies provides fisheries managers with the opportunity to refine policy design and delivery so as to better protect system resilience. Policy perception is assessed by asking commercial fishers how they perceive their level of involvement in the policy decision-making process and interpret equity, the likely socio-economic impacts, conservation effectiveness and the rate of implementation (of generic policies). Social resilience to policy change is examined by assessing a fisher's (i) perception of risk associated with change, (ii) ability to plan, learn and reorganise, (iii) ability to cope, and (iv) level of interest in change. One hundred commercial fishers in five coastal communities were quantitatively and qualitatively surveyed. A negative perception of policy was found to significantly and adversely influence the behaviour and emotional response of commercial fishers, which, as described here, influences their resilience. For policy perception to be positive and resilience to be enhanced, fishers need to be meaningfully involved in the decision-making process, change needs to be implemented at an appropriate rate, and effort is required to ensure that equity, anticipated impacts and conservation effectiveness are positively interpreted. This knowledge can assist in the development of fisheries management strategies aimed at maintaining and enhancing socio-ecological resilience.

Item ID: 2488
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-6763
Keywords: social resilience; institutional change; perception; policy; fisheries management; community involvement; governance
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Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2009 03:44
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160499 Human Geography not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960799 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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