Institutional navigation for polycentric sustainability governance

Lubell, Mark, and Morrison, Tiffany H. (2021) Institutional navigation for polycentric sustainability governance. Nature Sustainability, 4. pp. 664-671.

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Sustainability in the Anthropocene requires social cooperation and learning against a backdrop of increasingly complex, polycentric governance. Here, we introduce an institutional navigation framework emphasizing how individuals pursue their policy goals within polycentric sustainability governance. We illustrate the utility of the framework by exploring how actors navigate institutional complexity to increase collective welfare and adaptive capacity in California’s San Francisco Bay, in contrast with protecting self-interest and constraining adaptive capacity on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef. Our analysis provides: (1) a normative perspective on how institutional navigation may or may not support sustainability; (2) initial theoretical hypotheses about understudied strategies used by policy actors to advance or constrain sustainability; and (3) some practical ideas for policy actors seeking to strategically achieve complex sustainability goals in polycentric systems.

Item ID: 69249
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2398-9629
Copyright Information: © Springer Nature Limited 2021
Funders: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC CE-140100020
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2021 00:09
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440704 Environment policy @ 40%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440805 Environmental politics @ 60%
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 @ 100%
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