Partelow, Stefan ORCID: (2020) Chaper 4 - Analyzing natural resource governance with the social-ecological systems framework. In: Governing Renewable Natural Resources - Theories and Frameworks. , ed. by Nunan, Fiona. Routledge, London, pp. 65-93. 1st Edition

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This chapter provides a brief history of scholarship leading to the social-ecological systems framework (SESF) developed by political economist Elinor Ostrom and commons scholars. The introduction provides a background on rational choice theory, natural resource sustainability challenges, and assumptions within Garret Hardin’s ‘Tragedy of the Commons’ shaping the development of the SESF. Collective action theory, the theoretical base of the SESF, is briefly outlined, followed by a description of the variables in the SESF and its use as an academic tool. A case study applying the SESF is provided, showing how it can be used as an analytical tool for natural resource governance. The case examines a mangrove crab fishery in the rural coastal city of Bragança, Brazil. The Brazilian Marine Extractive Reserve (RESEX) program gives common property and co-management rights back to local and indigenous natural resource users. The goal is to empower and bring local communities into national development processes while simultaneously stewarding biodiversity conservation. However, RESEX co-management in Bragança faces governance challenges. This chapter shows how CAT and the SESF are useful tools for analyzing and diagnosing why. This chapter then briefly discusses some benefits, challenges, and criticisms of the SESF.

Document Type: Book chapter
Programme Area: PA1
Research affiliation: Social Sciences > Institutional and Behavioural Economics
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2020 11:35
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2021 12:50

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