Advances in understanding the evolution of institutions in complex social-ecological systems

Epstein, Graham, Morrison, Tiffany H., Lien, Aaron, Gurney, Georgina G., Cole, Daniel H., Delaroche, Martin, Villamayor Tomas, Sergio, Ban, Natalie, and Cox, Michael (2020) Advances in understanding the evolution of institutions in complex social-ecological systems. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 44. pp. 58-66.

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Elinor Ostrom and colleagues developed the social-ecological system framework with the aim of synthesizing knowledge to foster a better understanding of the relationship between people, institutions and the environment. Although the framework has facilitated the diagnosis of complex systems; it has thus far struggled to account for the role of history in structuring the range of opportunities and constraints that actors face as they interact with the environment and each other. More recent innovations in measuring institutions and the integration of process-oriented approaches are beginning to provide the tools required to systematically trace the co-evolution of institutions and social-ecological systems. We review the history and development of social-ecological system scholarship, including longstanding concerns regarding the weak inclusion of temporal dynamics. We highlight the contributions of three novel advances – namely the combined IAD-SES framework, the institutional grammar tool, and the power in polycentric governance approach.

Item ID: 67192
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1877-3435
Copyright Information: Published Version: © 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Accepted Version: © 2020. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Date Deposited: 28 May 2021 04:51
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440704 Environment policy @ 60%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440899 Political science not elsewhere classified @ 40%
SEO Codes: 19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1902 Environmental policy, legislation and standards > 190299 Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified @ 60%
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1899 Other environmental management > 189999 Other environmental management not elsewhere classified @ 40%
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