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Governance, complexity, and resilience
Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. (Arcum)
Faculty of Law, Stockholm University, Sweden.
2010 (English)In: Global Environmental Change, ISSN 0959-3780, E-ISSN 1872-9495, Vol. 20, no 3, 363-368 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This special issue brings together prominent scholars to explore novel multilevel governance challenges posed by the behavior of dynamic and complex social-ecological systems. Here we expand and investigate the emerging notion of “resilience” as a perspective for understanding how societies can cope with, and develop from, disturbances and change. As the contributions to the special issue illustrate, resilience thinking in its current form contains substantial normative and conceptual difficulties for the analysis of social systems. However, a resilience approach to governance issues also shows a great deal of promise as it enables a more refined understanding of the dynamics of rapid, interlinked and multiscale change. This potential should not be underestimated as institutions and decision-makers try to deal with converging trends of global interconnectedness and increasing pressure on social-ecological systems.

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Guildford, Surrey: Butterworth-Heinemann, publ. in cooperation with the United Nations , 2010. Vol. 20, no 3, 363-368 p.
Keyword [en]
Global environmental change, Governance, Institutions, Resilience, Social–ecological systems
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-34878DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2010.04.006OAI: diva2:326477
Available from: 2010-06-23 Created: 2010-06-23 Last updated: 2016-05-16Bibliographically approved

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