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Observations on Drivers and Dynamics of Environmental Policy Change: Insights from 150 Years of Forest Management in British Columbia

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dc.contributor.author Hagerman, Shannon
dc.contributor.author Dowlatabadi, Hadi
dc.contributor.author Satterfield, Terre
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-03T15:12:28Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-03T15:12:28Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10535/5999
dc.description.abstract "Human and ecological elements of resource management systems co-adapt over time. In this paper, we examine the drivers of change in forest management policy in British Columbia since 1850. We asked: How has a set of system attributes changed over time, and what drivers contributed to change when it occurred? We simultaneously examined a set of three propositions relating to drivers and dynamics of policy change. We find that factors contributing to the level of impacts, like technology, changed substantially over time and had dramatic impacts. In partial contrast, the institutions used to exercise control (patterns of agency and governance) remained the same until relatively recently. Other system attributes remained unchanged (e.g., the concept of ecosystems as stable entities that humans can manage and control). Substantive, decision-relevant uncertainties characterized all periods of management but did not act as a barrier to the adoption of new regimes at any time. Against this backdrop of constancy in some attributes, and change in others, a few exogenous drivers (e.g., technology, war, markets, legal decisions, ideas, and climate) triggered episodic reexamination of guidelines for resource management. The implications of these findings for future policy change in this system are discussed." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject science en_US
dc.subject social-ecological systems en_US
dc.subject uncertainty en_US
dc.subject forestry en_US
dc.subject resource management en_US
dc.subject global commons en_US
dc.title Observations on Drivers and Dynamics of Environmental Policy Change: Insights from 150 Years of Forest Management in British Columbia en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.coverage.country Canada en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 15 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth March en_US


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