Transformative collective action: A network approach to transformative change in ecosystem-based management

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There is great need for modern societies to ?nd more sustainable ways of securing good living environments and the resources upon which societies depend. In the academic community this has spurred an interest in what has been called transformative change, i.e. How “old” regimes of natural resource management deemed as non-sustainable can transform so as to establish “new” regimes of ecosystem-based management (Olsson et al., 2004 and references below). This is often described as a shift from top-down bureaucracies that narrowly focus on a single (and commercially viable) species (e.g. a ?sh or a crop), to a more integrated approach that acknowledges a wider array of stakeholders, and that monitors and builds knowledge of landscape-level ecological processes (such as water ?ows and pollination) that underpin ecological functions (Olsson et al., 2004). Ecosystem-based management has been argued to better cope with the interconnectedness, uncertainties, and dynamics of ecosystems in a human-dominated world (Holling, 1978; Christensen et al., 1996).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Networks and Natural Resource Management
Subtitle of host publicationUncovering the Social Fabric of Environmental Governance
EditorsChristina Prell, Örjan Bodin
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9780511894985
ISBN (Print)9780521766296
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


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