Governance and the Commons in a Multi-Level World

dc.contributor.authorArmitage, Dereken_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-31T14:55:22Z
dc.date.available2009-07-31T14:55:22Z
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.date.submitted2008-01-23en_US
dc.date.submitted2008-01-23en_US
dc.description.abstract"Multi-level governance may facilitate learning and adaptation in complex social-ecological circumstances. Such arrangements should connect community-based management with regional/national government-level management, link scientific management and traditional management systems, encourage the sharing of knowledge and information, and promote collaboration and dialogue around goals and outcomes. Governance innovations of this type can thus build capacity to adapt to change and manage for resilience. However, critical reflection on the emergence of adaptive, multi-level governance for the commons is warranted. Drawing on examples from the North and South, the purpose of this review is to connect three complementary bodies of scholarship with insights for commons governance in a multi-level world: common property theory, resilience thinking and political ecology. From the commons and resilience literature, normative principles of adaptive, multi-level governance are synthesized (e.g., participation, accountability, leadership, knowledge pluralism, learning and trust). Political ecological interpretations, however, help to reveal the challenge of actualizing these principles and the contextual forces that make entrenched, top-down management systems resilient to change. These forces include the role of power, scale and levels of organization, knowledge valuation, the positioning of social actors and social constructions of nature. Also addressed are the policy narratives that shape governance, and the dialectic relationship among ecological systems and social change."en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournalInternational Journal of the Commonsen_US
dc.identifier.citationmonthJanuaryen_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber1en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume2en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10535/2933
dc.subjectcommon pool resourcesen_US
dc.subjectresilienceen_US
dc.subjectglobal commonsen_US
dc.subjectpolitical behavioren_US
dc.subject.sectorNew Commonsen_US
dc.submitter.emailaurasova@indiana.eduen_US
dc.titleGovernance and the Commons in a Multi-Level Worlden_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.type.publishedpublisheden_US
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