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Panarchy and the Law

dc.contributor.authorRuhl, J.B.
dc.identifier.citation17 Ecology & Society 481 (2012)en_US
dc.descriptionarticle published in interdisciplinary journalen_US
dc.description.abstractPanarchy theory focuses on improving theories of change in natural and social systems to improve the design of policy responses. Its central thesis is that successfully working with the dynamic forces of complex adaptive natural and social systems demands an active adaptive management regime that eschews optimization approaches that seek stability. This is a new approach to resources management, and yet no new theory of how to do things in environmental and natural resources management, particularly one challenging entrenched ways of doing things and the interests aligned around them, is likely to gain traction in practice if it cannot gain traction in the form of endorsement and implementation through specific laws and regulations. At some point, that bridge must be crossed or the enterprise of putting panarchy theory into panarchy practice will stall. Any effort to operationalize panarchy theory through law thus comes up against the mission of law to provide social stability and the nature of law itself as a complex adaptive system. To state the problem in another way, putting panarchy theory into practice will require adaptively managing the complex adaptive legal system to adaptively manage other complex adaptive natural and social systems, all in a way that maintains some level of social order. Panarchy theorists have yet to develop an agenda for doing so. It is time for lawyers to join the team.en_US
dc.format.extent1 PDF (7 pages)en_US
dc.publisherEcology and Societyen_US
dc.subjectPanarchy and lawen_US
dc.subject.lcshAdministrative lawen_US
dc.subject.lcshNatural resources -- Managementen_US
dc.subject.lcshEnvironmental managementen_US
dc.subject.lcshLaw -- Philosophyen_US
dc.subject.lcshSystem theoryen_US
dc.subject.lcshEcosystem managementen_US
dc.subject.lcshAdaptive natural resource managementen_US
dc.subject.lcshEnvironmental lawen_US
dc.subject.lcshPolicy sciencesen_US
dc.titlePanarchy and the Lawen_US

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