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Governing Renewable Natural Resources

Theories and Frameworks, 1st Edition

Edited by Fiona Nunan


264 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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In one volume, this book brings together a diversity of approaches, theory and frameworks that can be used to analyse the governance of renewable natural resources.

Renewable natural resources are under pressure, with overexploitation and degradation raising concern globally. Understanding governance systems and practice is essential for developing effective and fair solutions. This book introduces readers to key concepts and issues concerned with the governance of renewable natural resources and illustrates the diversity of approaches, theories and frameworks that have been used to analyse governance systems and practice. Each chapter provides an introduction to an area of literature and theory and demonstrates application through a case study. The book covers a range of geographical locations, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries, and several types of natural resources. The approaches and theories introduced include common property theory, political ecology, institutional analysis, the social ecological systems framework and social network analysis. Findings from across the chapters support an analytical focus on institutions and local context and a practical focus on diverse, flexible and inclusive governance solutions.

The book serves as an essential introduction to the governance of renewable natural resources for students, researchers and practitioners.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Governing Renewable Natural Resources

Fiona Nunan

2. Management in the Guise of Governance? Rethinking the Ends and the Means of Natural Resource Governance

Prakash Kashwan

3. Networked participation: how social network analysis can inform participatory processes in environmental governance

María Mancilla García and Örjan Bodin

4. Analyzing natural resource governance with the social-ecological systems framework

Stefan Partelow

5. Analysing institutions to explain the practice and outcomes of fisheries co-management

Fiona Nunan

6. Community governance of Common Pool Resources: exploring institutional interfaces

Clare Barnes

7. Indigenous Polycentric and Nested Customary Sea Tenure (CST) Institutions: A Solomon Islands Case Study

Shankar Aswani

8. Political Ecologies of Resource Governance: Ontologies, Agency and Practice

Caroline Upton

9. The state as a person: The role of interface bureaucrats in everyday natural resource governance

Mikkel Funder

10. Avoiding Local Democracy through the Making of Multiple Institutions and Legal Frameworks: The Politics of Recognition in Practice

Papa Faye

11. In Search of New Modes of Governance: The potential of Conservation Incentive Payment Policies to promote human-wildlife co-existence

Adam Pekor, Ingela Jansson, William Ole Seki, Dennis Rentsch, Göran Spong and Camilla Sandström

12. Conclusion: working towards diverse, flexible and inclusive natural resource governance

Fiona Nunan

About the Editor

Fiona Nunan is Professor of Environment and Development in the International Development Department, University of Birmingham, UK

About the Series

Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management

Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management
This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to natural resource management, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. It includes textbooks, research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / General
NATURE / Ecology
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
NATURE / Natural Resources
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy