| FNI NEWS
New Article Identifies Public-Private Interaction
Mechanisms in Non-state Certification Programs
A new article by FNI Research Professor Lars H.
Gulbrandsen analyzes public-private governance interactions
in the forestry and fisheries sectors, with particular focus on the effects of
state responses to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Marine
Stewardship Council (MSC).
Although research has recognized that
governments can enable or constrain private governance initiatives, the dynamic
interactions between public and private authority in the governance of various
social and environmental problems have remained an understudied area of
contemporary global governance.
Gulbrandsen's article, entitled
Dynamic Governance Interactions: Evolutionary Effects of State Responses to
Non-State Certification Programs and published in a special issue of
Regulation and Governance on transnational business governance
interactions, is a contribution to filling this void.
argues that historical and structural differences in the management of forests
and fisheries have led to different state responses to certification programs
in the two sectors, but that both trajectories of interaction have resulted in
a strengthening of the non-state certification programs.
the article identifies four interaction mechanisms: public comparison and
benchmarking, mutual reinforcement of legitimacy, coercive isomorphism, and
cognitive interaction. It also identifies conditions under which state
involvement is likely to result in either strengthening or weakening of
non-state governance initiatives.
Gulbrandsen's article can be
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