Saving the Woodpeckers: Social Capital, Governance, and Policy Performance
2009 (English)In: Journal of Environment and Development, ISSN 1070-4965, E-ISSN 1552-5465, Vol. 18, no 1, 42-61 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article investigates if higher levels of social capital,better governance structures, and a more ambitious conservationpolicy are positively linked to the ability of states to addressbiodiversity loss. Serving this purpose is a data set containingestimates of woodpecker diversity in 20 European countries.These data are argued to be a more valid indicator of biodiversitythan most other available cross-national measures of environmentalquality. A seemingly unrelated regression analysis reveals thatnone of the indicators are linked to higher levels of woodpeckerdiversity, which in turn leads to the conclusion that presentinstitutions, environmental policies, and social structureshave negligible effects on biodiversity compared to long-termlandscape transformations.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 18, no 1, 42-61 p.
biodiversity, social capital, governance, comparati
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-35958DOI: 10.1177/1070496508329302OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-35958DiVA: diva2:288399