Building blocks of polycentric governance

Morrison, Tiffany, Bodin, Orjan, Cumming, Graeme, Lubell, Mark, Seppelt, Ralf, Seppelt, Tim, and Weible, Christopher (2023) Building blocks of polycentric governance. Policy Studies Journal, 51 (3). pp. 475-499.

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Abstract

Success or failure of a polycentric system is a function of complex political and social processes, such as coordination between actors and venues to solve specialized policy problems. Yet there is currently no accepted method for isolating distinct processes of coordination, nor to understand how their variance affects polycentric governance performance. We develop and test a building-blocks approach that uses different patterns or “motifs” for measuring and comparing coordination longitudinally on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Our approach confirms that polycentric governance comprises an evolving substrate of interdependent venues and actors over time. However, while issue specialization and actor participation can be improved through the mobilization of venues, such a strategy can also fragment overall polycentric capacity to resolve conflict and adapt to new problems. A building-blocks approach advances understanding and practice of polycentric governance by enabling sharper diagnosis of internal dynamics in complex environmental governance systems.

Item ID: 77337
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1541-0072
Keywords: coordination, environmental governance, network motifs, polycentric governance, self-organization, 环境治理, 多中心治理, 协调 自组织, 网络图案, coordinación, gobernanza ambiental, patrones de redes, gobernanza policéntrica, autoorganización
Copyright Information: © 2023 The Authors. Policy Studies Journal published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of Policy Studies Organization. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC DP220103921
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2023 01:34
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440704 Environment policy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1901 Adaptation to climate change > 190102 Ecosystem adaptation to climate change @ 100%
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