Quality and Legitimacy of Global Governance: Case Lessons by T. Cadman

By T. Cadman

Because the foreign neighborhood struggles with significant concerns corresponding to deforestation, it's more and more turning to sustainable improvement and market-based mechanisms to take on environmental difficulties. targeting forestry, this ebook investigates the legitimacy of worldwide boards and evaluates the standard of worldwide governance within the present period.

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28 A wide range of scholars has commented at length on the various arrangements underpinning governance. These institutional elements, identified across the fields of governance theory, have a bearing on governance quality and legitimacy, and are worth exploring at this point. Interest representation Interest representation, closely identified with the inclusion or inclusiveness of stakeholders, is recognised as a fundamental problem in contemporary global governance and a source of considerable institutional variation.

If there are inconsistencies in the academic literature, it should come as no surprise to see this reflected in practice. The lack of a consistent and coherent approach to measuring and verifying governance quality has meant that institutions face considerable difficulties in reaching agreement over the necessary elements for assessing the legitimacy of competing systems. For the purposes of understanding the nature of the relationship between the various governance arrangements discussed above, two simple methods for evaluating governance quality have been developed for the case studies, which follow.

PEFC provides an umbrella under which national certification initiatives challenge FSC’s ‘original’ model of market-driven governance. The differences between these two models consequently provide further insights into the broader understanding of the strengths, and weaknesses, of certification as a regulatory tool for forest management. The ISO 14000 Series does not deal specifically with forest management, although its standards can be applied to both forestry and forest products. There were plans for the development of a forest-management specific standard, but these were later abandoned, an interesting story in its own right.

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