Conflict resolution mechanisms in co-management: The Laponia World heritage Site
(English)In: Environmental Politics, ISSN 0964-4016Article in journal (Other academic) Submitted
To accommodate changes in the environment and society, a diverse range of institutional tools is needed. One such tool is co-management, which is particularly relevant for management of the commons, but little is known about the socio-political processes (ideal and actual) involved in the emergence of co-management arrangements. Conflicts have been proposed as catalysts for the development of co-management and conflict resolution mechanisms have recognized importance, but they have not been intensively examined in the literature regarding commons. The aim of this paper is to analyze the processes that occur in the shift from policymaking to implementation during the emergence of co-management arrangements, in order to further understand institutional and policy change. The study was prompted partly by a perceived need to clarify concepts related to conflict resolution mechanisms. Hence, concepts in alternative dispute resolution theory and in the literature on commons and policy change are compared. A theoretical framework is then developed in which process models of collaboration are discussed in relation to learning orders. Finally, the process involved in the establishment of the Laponia World Heritage Site is examined, as both an illustration and an initial test of the relevance of the theoretical framework.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Informaworld plc., Taylor and Francis Group.
Co-management, commons, policy change, implementation, conflict resolution, learning
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-30148OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-30148DiVA: diva2:280248
This paper was awarded "Best Paper" at the annual meeting of the Swedish Political Science Association (SWEPSA) in Örebro, Sweden, 2009.2009-12-092009-12-092009-12-14Bibliographically approved