Handbook on Adaptive Governance

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Handbook on Adaptive Governance

9781800888234 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Sirkku Juhola, Professor of Urban Environmental Policy, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland
Publication Date: February 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80088 823 4 Extent: c 288 pp
The interconnectedness of global society is increasingly visible through crises such as the current global health pandemic, emerging climate change impacts and increasing erosion of biodiversity. This timely Handbook navigates the challenges of adaptive governance in these complex contexts, stressing the necessarily compounded nature of bio-physical and social systems to ensure more desirable governance outcomes.

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The interconnectedness of global society is increasingly visible through crises such as the current global health pandemic, emerging climate change impacts and increasing erosion of biodiversity. This timely Handbook navigates the challenges of adaptive governance in these complex contexts, stressing the necessarily compounded nature of bio-physical and social systems to ensure more desirable governance outcomes.

Highlighting the dynamics and diversity of governance systems across the globe, leading experts in the field examine the successes and failures of these systems. Synthesising theory with methodology and practical case studies, chapters explore adaptive governance in forest management, marine environments and open data ecosystems, looking closely at the role of adaptive governance in climate mitigation and disaster risk reduction. Answering the call for large-scale transformations that move societies away from unsustainable development trajectories, this prescriptive Handbook explores the existing adaptive governance measures that have driven reflexive, sustainable change. Reflecting on the past decade of research in the field, it concludes by outlining new areas of contention and inquiry for the next decade of adaptive governance research.

Interdisciplinary in scope, this comprehensive Handbook will prove an invigorating read for students and scholars of environmental law, governance and regulation, and political science and public policy. Policymakers looking to innovate their adaptive governance approaches will also find this a beneficial companion.
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‘This volume brings a dazzling array of international authors together to present the latest thinking on adaptive governance and how it can be made to work in tackling transformative and rapid change in complex social ecological systems. These innovations are urgently needed to address major challenges such as the climate crisis. The approach is highly interdisciplinary, presenting new ideas and linking to diverse theory and concepts, and to empirical cases from around the world. It will be essential reading for scholars and practitioners of environmental change, policy and governance, and those studying politics, international relations, geography and resource management.’
– Katrina Brown, University of Exeter, UK
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Contributors include: Jesse Abrams, Carla Alexandra, Debasmita Bhakta, R. Patrick Bixler, Barbara Cosens, Amber Datta, Holley Doremus, Peter Edwards, Marine Elbakidze, Tamar Farchy, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Lance Gunderson, Ping Huang, Grete K. Hovelsrud, Sirkku Juhola, Alexandra Jurgilevich, Elena Louder, Jasper Montana, Claudia Munera Roldan, Maija Nikkanen, Jessica Olson, Sandeep Paul, Paola Passalacqua, Suvi-Tuuli Puharinen, Matthew Preisser, Barbara Quimby, J.B. Ruhl, Aleksi Räsänen, Niko Soininen, Lorrae van Kerkhoff, Cancan Wang, Linda Westman, Hege Westskog, Carina Wyborn
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