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Institutional entrepreneurs, global networks, and the emergence of international institutions for ecosystem-based management: The Coral Triangle Initiative
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
2013 (English)In: Marine Policy, ISSN 0308-597X, E-ISSN 1872-9460, Vol. 38, 195-204 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explores the role of institutional entrepreneurship in the creation of an international agreement to radically transform management of coastal and marine resources in the Coral Triangle. It analyzes how institutional entrepreneurs develop strategies to overcome barriers to change and navigate opportunity contexts to mobilize support for ecosystem-based management. The analysis shows that institutional change depends on collaboration among several institutional entrepreneurs that have access to different networks and are supported by different types of organizations. It also shows that interplay between institutional entrepreneurship and high-level political leadership plays a critical role in institution building. Institutional entrepreneurs must therefore align their ideas of ecosystem-based management to multiple political priorities and transfer experience and social capital from previous multilateral projects. By supporting the development of new governance arenas for deliberation, institutional entrepreneurs may enhance the fit between domestic and multilateral policy making. Lastly, institutional entrepreneurship may raise critical questions about legitimacy, accountability and ownership.

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2013. Vol. 38, 195-204 p.
Keyword [en]
Institutional entrepreneurship, Environmental regime building, Institutional change, Large-scale marine governance, Social-ecological systems, The Coral Triangle Initiative
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Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Sustainability Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-88285DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2012.05.036ISI: 000313769600022OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-88285DiVA: diva2:610711
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Available from: 2013-03-12 Created: 2013-03-12 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Reef Futures: Exploring the dynamics of transformative change in marine social-ecological systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reef Futures: Exploring the dynamics of transformative change in marine social-ecological systems
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The thesis explores issues relating to transformative change in the context of marine governance in the Coral Triangle, and the effects of such change processes on policy, stakeholder relations and management activities. Paper 1 studies how change-oriented actors (institutional entrepreneurs) operating at the international level can introduce and purposefully navigate large-scalechange processes. Paper 2 studies the impact of resource inequality on multi-stakeholder collaboration, and tackles the literature of boundary work so as to increase its usefulness for understanding complex, multi-level governance initiatives. Paper 3 explores how narratives about the marine environment are entwined with and influence critical aspects of marine ecosystem governance such as resource allocation, day-to-day management actions, stakeholder relations, and long-term ecological monitoring. Paper 4 investigates how actors at the local level can capture opportunities at higher institutional levels while at the same time catalyzing local potential for change by focusing on the interplay between strategies,opportunity and context. The results show that institutional entrepreneurship requires understanding of how strategies can be matched with opportunity and context, for example by offering a way for other actors to address key priorities and add value to their organizations. The results also show that behind the scene organizing is often a precondition for the introduction of transformative change. Shifting the process from an informal track to a formal track where ideas about transformative change can be deliberated among a broader set ofstakeholders is thus a major challenge. Moreover, a strong narrative is key to successfully introducing and driving transformative change. In this sense, the ability to articulate and distribute a narrative which tells a compelling story about the broader system is critical. Finally, power dynamics are constantly at play in transformation processes due to resource asymmetries. The thesis shows that differences in resources may influence the credibility, legitimacy, and salience of transformative change.

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Stockholm: Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, 2014. 47 p.
Keyword
transformative change, marine governance, multi-stakeholder collaboration, multi-level governance, institutional entrepreneurship, boundary work, narratives, Coral Triangle
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Sustainability Science
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-106540 (URN)978-91-7447-963-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-10-09, Nordenskiöldsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 12, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 2: Submitted. Paper 3: In press.

Available from: 2014-09-18 Created: 2014-08-11 Last updated: 2015-10-14Bibliographically approved

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