Mobilized bias and multistakeholder protected-area planning: a socio-institutional perspective on collaboration

Barry, J.M. (2011) Mobilized bias and multistakeholder protected-area planning: a socio-institutional perspective on collaboration. Society and Natural Resources, 24(10), pp. 1116-1126. (doi: 10.1080/08941920.2010.550083)

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By examining the Kawartha Highlands Local Stakeholder Committee, this paper considers how historical factors impact the efficacy of local collaborations. Tasked with developing an initial planning framework for a new protected area in Ontario, Canada, the design of this largely inefficacious process exhibited several questionable trade-offs between competing procedural objectives. However, these factors were not the sole driver behind the establishment of a second, more regionally driven process; previous planning initiatives were equally important. Ontario’s larger history of land use planning contributed to the emergence of rigid discursive constructions amongst powerful stakeholder coalitions, whose interests were consistently accommodated through closed-door negotiations. Healey’s (2007; 2006) socio-institutional approach, which frames such historical factors as part of the informal ‘infrastructures’ of collaboration and as a form of mobilized bias, is offered as a conceptual bridge between the potential scales and units of analysis involved in the study of collaborative natural resource management.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the Society and Natural Resources © 2011 copyright Taylor and Francis; Society and Natural Resources is available online at:
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barry, Ms Janice
Authors: Barry, J.M.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Society and Natural Resources
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1521-0723
Published Online:14 July 2011
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Society and Natural Resources 2011
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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