Transformative Environmental Governance

Posted: 27 Oct 2016

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Brian Chaffin

University of Montana

Ahjond S. Garmestani

Government of the United States of America - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Lance Gunderson

Emory University - Department of Environmental Studies

Melinda Morgan

Geography & Environmental Studies

David G. Angeler

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) - Dept. of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment

Craig Anthony (Tony) Arnold

University of Louisville - Brandeis School of Law

Barbara A. Cosens

University of Idaho - College of Law

Robin Kundis Craig

USC Gould School of Law

J. B. Ruhl

Vanderbilt University - Law School

Craig Allen

Leader of the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Date Written: October 2016

Abstract

Transformative governance is an approach to environmental governance that has the capacity to respond to, manage, and trigger regime shifts in coupled social-ecological systems (SESs) at multiple scales. The goal of transformative governance is to actively shift degraded SESs to alternative, more desirable, or more functional regimes by altering the structures and processes that define the system. Transformative governance is rooted in ecological theories to explain cross-scale dynamics in complex systems, as well as social theories of change, innovation, and technological transformation. Similar to adaptive governance, transformative governance involves a broad set of governance components, but requires additional capacity to foster new social-ecological regimes including increased risk tolerance, significant systemic investment, and restructured economies and power relations. Transformative governance has the potential to actively respond to regime shifts triggered by climate change, and thus future research should focus on identifying system drivers and leading indicators associated with social-ecological thresholds.

Suggested Citation

Chaffin, Brian and Garmestani, Ahjond S. and Gunderson, Lance and Morgan, Melinda and Angeler, David G. and Arnold, Craig (Tony) Anthony and Cosens, Barbara A. and Craig, Robin Kundis and Ruhl, J. B. and Allen, Craig, Transformative Environmental Governance (October 2016). Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 41, pp. 399-423, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2859472 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-110615-085817

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Lance Gunderson

Emory University - Department of Environmental Studies ( email )

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Melinda Morgan

Geography & Environmental Studies

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David G. Angeler

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) - Dept. of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment ( email )

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Craig (Tony) Anthony Arnold

University of Louisville - Brandeis School of Law ( email )

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Robin Kundis Craig

USC Gould School of Law ( email )

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J. B. Ruhl

Vanderbilt University - Law School ( email )

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Craig Allen

Leader of the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit ( email )

Lincoln, NE
United States

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