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Competing Structure, Competing Views: The Role of Formal and Informal Social Structures in Shaping Stakeholder Perceptions

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dc.contributor.author Prell, Christina
dc.contributor.author Reed, Mark
dc.contributor.author Racin, Liat
dc.contributor.author Hubacek, Klaus
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-02T13:52:49Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-02T13:52:49Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7424
dc.description.abstract "What is social structure, and how does it influence the views and behaviors of land managers? In this paper, we unpack the term 'social structure' in the context of current research on institutions, social networks, and their role(s) in resource management. We identify two different kinds of structure, formal and informal, and explore how these link to views of land management and management practice. Formal structures refer to intentionally designed organizations that arise out of larger institutional arrangements; informal ones refer to social networks, based on the communication contacts individuals possess. Our findings show significant correlations between respondents' views regarding land management and their social networks; it is these informal structures that have greater influence on what stakeholders perceive. These findings suggest that stakeholders are less influenced by their particular organizational affiliation or category (e.g., 'conservationist' versus 'farmer'), and more by whom they speak with on a regular basis regarding land management. We conclude with a discussion on the practical implications for resource managers wishing to 'design' participatory management, arguing that, if 'diversity' is the goal in designing such participatory processes, then diversity needs to translate beyond stakeholder categories to include consideration for the personal, social networks surrounding stakeholders." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject organizations en_US
dc.subject institutions en_US
dc.subject land tenure and use en_US
dc.subject social organization en_US
dc.subject networks en_US
dc.subject stakeholders en_US
dc.title Competing Structure, Competing Views: The Role of Formal and Informal Social Structures in Shaping Stakeholder Perceptions en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 15 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 4 en_US

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