Narratives, narrations and social structure in environmental governance

Autor(en): Koch, Larissa
Gorris, Philipp
Pahl-Wostl, Claudia 
Stichwörter: Collaborative governance; COMANAGEMENT; COMPETITION; ECOLOGICAL PARADIGM; EMBEDDEDNESS; Environmental management; Environmental Sciences; Environmental Sciences & Ecology; Environmental Studies; FRAMEWORK; Geography; Group dynamics; KNOWLEDGE; NETWORK ANALYSIS; ORGANIZATIONS; POLICY; Social network analysis; Transformation; TRANSPORTATION
Erscheinungsdatum: 2021
Herausgeber: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Journal: GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE-HUMAN AND POLICY DIMENSIONS
Volumen: 69
Zusammenfassung: 
Avoiding further aggravation of the consequences of global environmental change remains a complex governance challenge. Social relational structure among actors plays a key role for enhancing the capacity of collaborative approaches to environmental governance. We present an encompassing conceptual framework to advance understanding of the mechanisms that shape dynamics in environmental governance entities. Narrative theory is integrated with insights on group dynamics grounded in social network theory to contextualize local social complexities in governance processes. We assume that social relational structure between actors, and narrations they tell, co-produce narratives and dynamics at the group level. Three important mechanisms that influence dynamics are described: (1) the interplay between collaborative relationships and narrative congruence between individual actors, (2) the characteristics of actors, and (3) the actors' embeddedness in the wider social structure. A set of testable hypotheses on the interplay between narration, narratives and social relational structure in environmental governance processes is presented. We conclude by discussing why we regard this framework useful to study local and regional governance entities in the context of addressing global environmental change.
ISSN: 09593780
DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2021.102317

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