Banikoi, Hudu ORCID:, Schlüter, Achim ORCID: and Manlosa, Aisa O. ORCID: (2023) Understanding transformations in the marine coastal realm: The explanatory potential of theories of institutional change. Marine Policy, 155 . p. 105791. DOI

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Marine and coastal areas currently face an unprecedented level of multiple and interdependent anthropogenic and natural drivers of change. Increasing demand for use of marine and coastal space largely driven by the blue economy paradigm presents a myriad of sustainability challenges that require governance transformations and institutional innovation. Various institutional forms have already emerged in this realm, but recent processes will increase the spate of institutional change taking place. This calls for a comprehensive understanding of institutional change in the marine coastal realm; thus, an overview of the tools available for understanding such changes. In this paper, we assess the analytical potential of seven theories of institutional change in relation to the contextual features of marine and coastal systems. By applying the propositions of the various theories to empirical studies of institutional change in this arena, we aim to provide a repertoire of theories of institutional change to help marine social scientists understand and guide change in the marine coastal arena. The analysis reveals that all the theories have some relevance for understanding institutional change in the marine coastal realm, but the analytical strength of each theory depends on the specific institutional features, resource system, context, and scale of governance. Due to the material and institutional characteristics of the marine coastal area, no single theory is sufficient for understanding institutional change in this realm. The combination of multiple theories or the use of analytical frameworks provides better lens to illuminate institutional change in marine and coastal systems.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: PA1
Research affiliation: Social Sciences > Institutional and Behavioural Economics
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
ISSN: 0308597X
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2024 11:19
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2024 11:19

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