Governing through Markets: Forest Certification and the Emergence of Non-State Authority

Governing through Markets: Forest Certification and the Emergence of Non-State Authority

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by Benjamin Cashore, Graeme Auld, Deanna Newsom
     
 

In recent years a startling policy innovation has emerged within global and domestic environmental governance: certification systems that promote socially responsible business practices by turning to the market, rather than the state, for rule-making authority.This book documents five cases in which the Forest Stewardship Council, a forest certification program… See more details below

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In recent years a startling policy innovation has emerged within global and domestic environmental governance: certification systems that promote socially responsible business practices by turning to the market, rather than the state, for rule-making authority.This book documents five cases in which the Forest Stewardship Council, a forest certification program backed by leading environmental groups, has competed with industry and landowner-sponsored certification systems for legitimacy. The authors compare the politics behind forest certification in British Columbia, the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Sweden. They reflect on why there are differences regionally and nationally, discuss the impact the Forest Stewardship Council has had on certification programs initiated by forest company and forest owner associations, and assess the ability of private forest certification to address global forest deterioration.

Author Biography: Benjamin Cashore is assistant professor of sustainable forest policy and chair, Program on Forest Certification, Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry, at Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Graeme Auld is a PhD student at Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Deanna Newsom is TREES Program Associate, Rainforest Alliance, Richmond, Vermont.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300101096
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1The emergence of non-state market-driven authority3
2The research design : toward an analytical and explanatory framework31
3British Columbia, Canada59
4The United States88
5The United Kingdom129
6Germany160
7Sweden189
8Competing for legitimacy219

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