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Quality and Legitimacy of Global Governance
Case Lessons from Forestry
 
 
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08 Feb 2011
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Since the Rio 'Earth' Summit of 1992, sustainable development has become the major policy framework through which the international community deals with pressing environmental issues such as deforestation. Implicit in this approach is the belief that the market provides the best mechanism to bring government, business and society together, and a whole plethora of market-driven schemes have been developed in response. Yet how legitimate are these institutions, and where is their democratic accountability? This book looks at four institutions created to address forest management, namely the Forest Stewardship Council (non-governmental), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (business), the ISO 14000 Series of environmental standards (technocratic), and the United Nations Forum on Forests (governmental). It finds large discrepancies in the approaches taken, and the degree to which the four systems provide for meaningful participation and productive deliberation amongst stakeholders trying to address the global forest crisis.


Description

Since the Rio 'Earth' Summit of 1992, sustainable development has become the major policy framework through which the international community deals with pressing environmental issues such as deforestation. Implicit in this approach is the belief that the market provides the best mechanism to bring government, business and society together, and a whole plethora of market-driven schemes have been developed in response. Yet how legitimate are these institutions, and where is their democratic accountability? This book looks at four institutions created to address forest management, namely the Forest Stewardship Council (non-governmental), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (business), the ISO 14000 Series of environmental standards (technocratic), and the United Nations Forum on Forests (governmental). It finds large discrepancies in the approaches taken, and the degree to which the four systems provide for meaningful participation and productive deliberation amongst stakeholders trying to address the global forest crisis.


Reviews

'An innovative and outstanding piece of scholarship on forest policy, environmental politics, international relations and democracy. Written in a lively and engaging style, this study makes a major contribution to governance theory.' – David Humphreys, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Policy, The Open University, UK
 
'Cadman's book is theoretically rich, highly innovative, empirically exhaustive and very well written. I urge anyone who wishes to gain a solid understanding of the key debates and empirical research to read this fine piece of work.' – Ben Cashore, Professor of Environmental Governance and Political Science, Yale University, USA


Contents

Introduction
Governance and Forest Management
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
ISO, TC207 and the 14000 Series
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC)
United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)
Comparative Analysis
Conclusions




Authors

TIM CADMAN Sustainable Business Fellow in the School of Accounting, Economic and Finance of the Faculty of Business at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Australia. He is Research Fellow of the Earth Systems Governance network and a member of the Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development. He specialises in environmental-social governance, environmental politics and policy, climate change and sustainable forest management.