1st Edition

Long-Term Governance for Social-Ecological Change

    306 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    312 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The book discusses how to tackle long-term social and ecological problems by using different environmental governance approaches to creating sustainable development. It explores opportunities and requirements for the governance of long-term problems, and examines how to achieve a lasting transformation.

    When investments are made to mitigate climate change or preserve biodiversity, future generations can reap benefits from the efforts of the present generation. However, long-term social-ecological change towards sustainable development is disrupted by the fact that the costs and benefits of action are seen by different generations. With a global focus that includes case studies from Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America, this book attempts to address the difficulty of developing and implementing effective long-term governance solutions. The authors examine what distinguishes long‐term problems from other policy problems, what governance responses are available and used, and how different governance mechanisms, namely economic incentives, participation, as well as knowledge and learning, help to address them.

    Combining the perspectives on the different governance approaches and featuring cases studies on national, regional and global issues, Long-Term Governance for Social-Ecological Change will be of interest to policy-makers, students and scholars of global environmental governance, development, sustainability, politics, economics, law and sociology.

    1. Introduction: Long-term policy: setting the scene Bernd Siebenhuener, Marlen Arnold, Klaus Eisenack and Klaus Jacob Part  1: Institutions and Governance Mechanisms  2. The role of expertise in European environmental governance: theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence Michael Pregernig and Michael Böcher  3. A third Industrial Revolution? Martin Jänicke and Klaus Jacob  4. Governance in the Face of Socio-Ecological Change: A Legal Response Anél Du Plessis  Part 2: Economics and Tools  5. Assessing financial adaptation strategies to extreme events in Europe Stefan Hochrainer and Reinhard Mechler  6. Population dynamics, adaptive capacity & regulation of supply systems Diana Hummel, Cedric Janowicz and Alexandra Lux  7. Innovation dynamics as lever for adaptive long-term policies: an evolutionary approach Jan Nill  Part 3: Participation  8. From Interest Consultation to Collective Knowledge Production: The Influence of Participation on EU Environmental Governance Hui-Yin Sung and Ho-Ching Lee  9. Potential and limits for businesses to address long-term social-ecological challenges: the case of European fish processors Franziska Wolff and Katharina Schmitt  10. Participation Beyond the State: Why some NGOs Partner with Environmental NGOs, and Others Do Not Kristian Krieger and M Brooke  11. Participatory Scenarios in Developing and Implementing Long-Term Policies – Potential Contributions and Attributes of Influence Christian Albert  Part 4: Knowledge and Learning  12. Coping with creeping catastrophes: National political systems and the challenge of slow-moving policy problems Volker Schneider, Philip Leifeld and Thomas Malang  13. Scenarios as boundary objects in the allocation of water resources and services in the Mekong Region Louis Lebel  14. Stakeholder Integration and Social Learning in Integrated Sustainability Assessment Lisa Bohunovsky and Jill Jäger


    Bernd Siebenhüner is Professor of Ecological Economics and Head of the GELENA-research group on social learning and sustainability located at Oldenburg University, Germany. He is also deputy leader of the Global Governance Project at the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) at the Global Change and Social Systems Department.

    Marlen Arnold is a Senior Research Scientist and Project Manager at University of Oldenburg, Germany, and a Lecturer at various higher educational institutions, notably in Finland and Colombia.

    Klaus Eisenack is Assistant Professor for Environment and Development Economics at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany, and heads the Chameleon Research Group.

    Klaus H. Jacob is a Research Director of the Environmental Policy Research Centre at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany.