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Public and Private in Natural Resource Governance: A False Dichotomy?

Edited By: Thomas Sikor

224 pages, figures, maps, index


Hardback | Apr 2008 | #175527 | ISBN-13: 9781844075256
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Natural resources have historically been considered as being governed by public or private interests - that is, by the state on behalf of the people, or by companies or individuals driven by the market. This dichotomy between private and public is now recognised as overly simplistic, and it is clear that 'publics' and 'privates' operate at a range of levels and with differing degrees of cooperation.

Bringing together a group of internationally respected researchers, this book provides a new perspective on prominent issues in resource governance, including the state, NGOs, civil society, communities, participation, and hybrid institutions, highlighting the three-dimensional nature of relations between 'public' and 'private'. It builds on empirical analyses from five fields of natural resource governance - agri-environment, biodiversity, food quality and safety, forestry, and rural water - and employs a comparative approach which goes beyond the specificities of individual policy fields, recognizing shared elements and allowing for a greater understanding of the dynamics underlying governance processes. An introduction to the volume and to each section summarize the key debates and highlight linkages between chapters.

This is essential reading for academics, students and policy experts in natural resource governance, development and environmental policy.This title presents a detailed and high level examination of the increasingly blurred and complex boundary between 'public' and 'private' in resource governance.


Introduction: Public and Private in Resource Governance; Part I: Public Institutions; Part II: Public Discourses; Part III: 'Privates'; Part IV: Public-Private Hybrids; Part V: Visions for the Future; Conclusion: New Publics and Property Rights; Bibliography, Index.

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Thomas Sikor is Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK, and former head of the Junior Research Group on Postsocialist Land Relations at Humboldt University Berlin, Germany. He is a social scientist studying environmental problems and developing new institutional approaches for solving those problems in developing and transitional societies.

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