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Political science and ecological restoration

Baker, Susan Catherine, Eckerberg, Katarina and Zachrisson, Anna 2014. Political science and ecological restoration. Environmental Politics 23 (3) , p. 509. 10.1080/09644016.2013.835201

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Abstract

Ecological restoration has taken on a new significance in the face of climate change and biodiversity loss. Despite its growing policy salience, however, the social and political sciences have paid limited attention to the study of ecological restoration policy and practice. By drawing upon the political science study of multilevel governance, institutions, power relations, and place-based politics, a flavour is given of what a political science engagement might contribute to the rich tapestry of analysis that has already been produced by other disciplines on ecological restoration. As the use of restoration grows, it is increasingly likely that it will give rise to social dispute and be brought into conflict with a variety of environmental, cultural, economic, and community interests. Restoration policy and projects encounter professional and institutional norms as well as place-specific interests and values. There is urgent need to investigate how and in what ways some interests become winners and others losers in these activities, and how this in turn can influence ecological restoration outcomes. A political science lens could help build new criteria for evaluating the success of ecological restoration, ones that combine both process- and product-driven considerations.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Value of restored nature, policy perspective, institutional setting, interest politics, social conflicts, place specificity.
Additional Information: Published online: 11 Oct 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0964-4016
Funders: Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, Swedish University of Agricultural Science
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 13:43
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/63215

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