The black box of power in polycentric environmental governance

Morrison, Tiffany, Adger, W Neil, Brown, Katrina, Lemos, Maria Carmen, Huitema, Dave, Phelps, Jacob, Evans, Louisa, Cohen, Philippa, Song, Andrew, Turner, Rachel, Quinn, Tara, and Hughes, Terry (2019) The black box of power in polycentric environmental governance. Global Environmental Change, 57. 101934.

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Abstract

Failure to address unsustainable global change is often attributed to failures in conventional environmental governance. Polycentric environmental governance—the popular alternative—involves many centres of authority interacting coherently for a common governance goal. Yet, longitudinal analysis reveals many polycentric systems are struggling to cope with the growing impacts, pace, and scope of social and environmental change. Analytic shortcomings are also beginning to appear, particularly in the treatment of power. Here we draw together diverse social science perspectives and research into a variety of cases to show how different types of power shape rule setting, issue construction, and policy implementation in polycentric governance. We delineate an important and emerging research agenda for polycentric environmental governance, integrating diverse types of power into analytical and practical models.

Item ID: 58952
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-9495
Keywords: polycentric governance; environmental governance; power
Copyright Information: © 2019 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0) license.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies CE140100020, Australian Laureate Fellowship
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2019 03:15
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160605 Environmental Politics @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160509 Public Administration @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960905 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Water Management @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies @ 30%
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