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Political science and ecological restoration
Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Wales, UK.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. (Arcum)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. (Arcum)
2014 (English)In: Environmental Politics, ISSN 0964-4016, E-ISSN 1743-8934, Vol. 23, no 3, 509-524 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Ecological restoration has taken on a new significance in the face of climate change and biodiversity loss. Despite its growing policy salience, however, the social and political sciences have paid limited attention to the study of ecological restoration policy and practice. By drawing upon the political science study of multilevel governance, institutions, power elations, and place-based politics, a flavour is given of what a political science engagement might contribute to the rich tapestry of analysis that has already been produced by other disciplines on ecological restoration. As the use of restoration grows, it is increasingly likely that it will give rise to social dispute and be brought into conflict with a variety of environmental, cultural, economic, and community interests. Restoration policy and projects encounter professional and institutional norms as well as place-specific interests and values. There is urgent need to investigate how and in what ways some interests become winners and others losers in these activities, and how this in turn can influence ecological restoration outcomes. A political science lens could help build new criteria for evaluating the success of ecological restoration, ones that combine both process- and product-driven considerations.

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London: Taylor & Francis Group, 2014. Vol. 23, no 3, 509-524 p.
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social conflicts, place specificity, institutional setting, policy perspective, value of restored nature, interest politics
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Political Science Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-83954DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2013.835201ISI: 000334661300009OAI: diva2:678086
Swedish Research Council Formas, 215-2009-250
Available from: 2013-12-11 Created: 2013-12-11 Last updated: 2016-05-16Bibliographically approved

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