Scale mismatches and reflexive law

Cumming, Graeme S. (2013) Scale mismatches and reflexive law. Ecology and Society, 18 (1). 15. pp. 1-2.

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[Extract] Garmestani and Benson (2013) deal with a problem that is receiving increasing attention in the study of social-ecological systems: that of scale mismatches and ways of resolving them. Scale mismatches have been defined as occurring when the scale of environmental variation and the scale of social organization in which the responsibility for management resides are aligned in such a way that one or more functions of the social-ecological system are disrupted, inefficiencies occur, and/or important components of the system are lost (Cumming et al. 2006). Mismatches between the scales of ecological processes and the institutions that are responsible for managing them are thought to lead to a decrease in social-ecological resilience, including an increased likelihood of mismanagement of natural resources and an attendant decrease in human well-being.

Item ID: 40956
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1708-3087
Keywords: democracy, institution, law, reflexivity, scale
Funders: National Research Foundation of South Africa, James S. McDonnell Foundation, University of Cape Town
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2015 03:53
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050104 Landscape Ecology @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050199 Ecological Applications not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 50%
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