Does social learning lead to better governance?
(English)In: Society & Natural Resources, ISSN 0894-1920, E-ISSN 1521-0723Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
This study investigates whether social learning among large scale farmers in central Sweden leads to improved environmental governance. Three different framings of social learning are first identified: as learning within established communities of practices; as multiparty collaboration cross different communities; and as explicitly tied to desirable outcomes. Applying the first two, the paper investigates social learning as an independent variable through semi-structured in-depth interviews. Results show that learning among farmers is inherently social, but does not necessarily improve environmental governance. Without the presence of policy or externally facilitating factors social learning is not found to explain better governance. The paper concludes that the call for social learning based on successful lessons form instrumental use, risk obscuring the fact that both social learning and better governance are often conditioned by other mitigating or enabling factors.
Social learning; Agriculture; Communities of practice; Goverance; Natural resource management
Other Natural Sciences
Research subject Natural Resources Management
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-74834OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-74834DiVA: diva2:512315
FunderSwedish Research Council Formas