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"Generality of mis-fit"?: The real-life difficulty of matching scales in an interconnected world
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. (Arcum)
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2016 (English)In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, E-ISSN 1654-7209, Vol. 45, no 6, 742-752 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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A clear understanding of processes at multiple scales and levels is of special significance when conceiving strategies for human-environment interactions. However, understanding and application of the scale concept often differ between administrative-political and ecological disciplines. These mirror major differences in potential solutions whether and how scales can, at all, be made congruent. As a result, opportunities of seeking "goodness-of-fit" between different concepts of governance should perhaps be reconsidered in the light of a potential "generality of mis-fit." This article reviews the interdisciplinary considerations inherent in the concept of scale in its ecological, as well as administrative-political, significance and argues that issues of how to manage "mis-fit" should be awarded more emphasis in social-ecological research and management practices. These considerations are exemplified by the case of reindeer husbandry in Fennoscandia. Whilst an indigenous small-scale practice, reindeer husbandry involves multi-level ecological and administrative-political complexities-complexities that we argue may arise in any multi-level system.

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2016. Vol. 45, no 6, 742-752 p.
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Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-126487DOI: 10.1007/s13280-015-0757-2ISI: 000382860500008PubMedID: 26939924OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-126487DiVA: diva2:1040516
Available from: 2016-10-27 Created: 2016-10-10 Last updated: 2016-11-09Bibliographically approved

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