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A critique of the participation norm in marine governance: bringing legitimacy into the frame


Fudge, M and Alexander, K and Ogier, E and Leith, P and Haward, M, A critique of the participation norm in marine governance: bringing legitimacy into the frame, Environmental Science and Policy, 126 pp. 31-38. ISSN 1462-9011 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2021.09.015


Citizen and stakeholder participation is held to bolster the democratic legitimacy of. marine governance by building trust in the decision-making system through inclusion.However, a growing body of literature points to increasing disillusionment and.exclusion, and thus decreased legitimacy. In this study we apply a ‘legitimacy lens’ to.examine a dominant conceptualisation of participation in marine governance. We.argue that the social-ecological systems paradigm (SES) exerts a substantial.intellectual influence within marine governance. We identify that an ontological.underpinning of the conceptualisation of participation within this paradigm results in the.absence of a coherent articulation of democratic legitimacy in marine governance.scholarship. We suggest that the development of a more nuanced and overt account of.democratic legitimacy is necessary to strengthening the application of SES-informed.marine governance practices.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:political participation, marine governance, representation, institutional arrangements
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Political theory and political philosophy
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine systems and management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Fudge, M (Dr Maree Fudge)
UTAS Author:Alexander, K (Dr Karen Alexander)
UTAS Author:Ogier, E (Dr Emily Ogier)
UTAS Author:Leith, P (Dr Peat Leith)
UTAS Author:Haward, M (Professor Marcus Haward)
ID Code:147021
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2021-10-08
Last Modified:2021-12-13
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