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Studying Power with the Social-Ecological System Framework

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dc.contributor.author Epstein, Graham
dc.contributor.author Bennett, Abigail
dc.contributor.author Gruby, Rebecca
dc.contributor.author Acton, Leslie
dc.contributor.author Nenadovic, Mateja
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-11T15:46:41Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-11T15:46:41Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9401
dc.description.abstract "A long-standing divide exists among social scientists regarding power and its effects on the sustainability of social-ecological systems (SESs). In some disciplines, such as political ecology, power is given a place of prominence and seen as having a significant impact on socialecological processes and outcomes. In contrast commons theory, a new institutionalist strand of environmental research, deliberately sidelines power to focus on the relationship between institutions and sustainability. Historically, there has been little constructive interaction between these power-centered and institution-centered approaches. Therefore we apply the SES framework, a tool explicitly designed to confront interdisciplinary puzzles, to ask whether it can be used to bridge the gap between these two traditions of social-ecological research. The chapter outlines a systematic approach to integrate diverse conceptualizations of power with the SES framework and then applies this to study the relationship between power and social-ecological outcomes. The analysis suggests that the SES framework is a promising tool for social science integration, but also that important questions remain concerning the validity of classifications, measurement, and statistical tests. We conclude with a call for greater interdisciplinary attention to questions of power with the SES framework to better understand its normative and positive implications for sustainable and equitable governance of SESs." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject social-ecological systems en_US
dc.subject institutional analysis en_US
dc.title Studying Power with the Social-Ecological System Framework en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop 5 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates June 18-21, 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Indiana University, Bloomington en_US

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