Quality and legitimacy of global governance: case lessons from forestry

Cadman, Timothy (2011) Quality and legitimacy of global governance: case lessons from forestry. International Political Economy Series. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Basingstoke, Hampshire, United Kingdom. ISBN 978-0-333-71708-0

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Since the Rio 'Earth' Summit of 1992, sustainable development has become the major policy framework through which the international community deals with pressing environmental issues such as deforestation. Implicit in this approach is the belief that the market provides the best mechanism to bring government, business and society together, and a whole plethora of market-driven schemes have been developed in response. Yet how legitimate are these institutions, and where is their democratic accountability? This book looks at four institutions created to address forest management, namely the Forest Stewardship Council (non-governmental), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (business), the ISO 14000 Series of environmental standards (technocratic), and the United Nations Forum on Forests (governmental). It finds large discrepancies in the approaches taken, and the degree to which the four systems provide for meaningful participation and productive deliberation amongst stakeholders trying to address the global forest crisis.

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Item Type: Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author has obtained permission from the publisher to make paper available online.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2011 07:12
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2018 03:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: global governance; legitimacy; forest stewardship council; programme for the evaluation of forest certification schemes; ISO 14000; United Nations Forum on Forests; globalisation; environmentalisation; democracy; participation; deliberation; standards; certification; forestry
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070504 Forestry Management and Environment
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160605 Environmental Politics
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150106 Sustainability Accounting and Reporting
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960704 Land Stewardship
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1057/9780230306462
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18423

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