Shared Governance for Sustainable Working Landscapes

Timothy M. Gieseke

August 12, 2016 by CRC Press
Reference - 265 Pages - 37 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498718004 - CAT# K25454


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  • Discusses the vitally important goal of incorporating ecological externalities into economic transactions
  • Brings together theory and practice of sustainable working landscapes
  • Introduces the concept of the governance paradox and uses the concept and practice of governance as the integrating process
  • Includes eleven agricultural sustainability projects that occurred over the course of decade which are examined and reconstructed as a continual transdisciplinary study
  • Uses a rich picture approach to define the system "as it is" and the system "as it ought to be".


Sustaining our agricultural landscapes is no longer just a technical, scientific or even political problem, but it has evolved into a socially complex, so-called wicked problem of conflicting social governance and economics. This creates an extreme economic obstacle where the value of ecosystem services remains low and diffuse and the transactions costs remain high and multiple.Using Uber-like business platform technology and a shared governance model, a symbiotic demand for environmental benefits is created. Enabling multi-sector transactions for environmental benefits, this platform innovation would remedy the "tragedy of the commons"; the economic nemesis to achieving landscape sustainability. In a nutshell, to sustain our agricultural landscapes a transdisciplinary approach supported by a shared governance model housed within a multi-sided platform in needed. This book introduces an assessment framework identifying governance actors, styles and ratios for socio-ecological systems. The assessment uses a new governance compass to identify the types of actors completing which tasks and identifies the styles of governance used to complete the tasks. It is aimed to anyone involved in sustainability science, agricultural policy planning, or integrated landscape design.


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