Governing complexity: Integrating science, governance, and law to manage accelerating change in the globalized commons

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Governing complexity: Integrating science, governance, and law to manage accelerating change in the globalized commons. Barbara Cosens, J. B. Ruhl, Niko Soininen, Lance Gunderson, Antti Belinskij, Thorsten Blenckner, Alejandro E. Camacho, Brian C. Chaffin, Robin Kundis Craig, Holly Doremus, Robert Glicksman, Anna-Stiina Heiskanen, Rhett Larson, Jukka Similä. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Sep 2021, 118 (36) e2102798118. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2102798118

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Title: Governing complexity: Integrating science, governance, and law to manage accelerating change in the globalized commons
Author: Cosens, Barbara; Ruhl, J. B.; Soininen, Niko; Gunderson, Lance; Belinskij, Antti; Blenckner, Thorsten; Camacho, Alejandro E.; Chaffin, Brian C.; Craig, Robin Kundis; Doremus, Holly; Glicksman, Robert; Heiskanen, Anna-Stiina; Larson, Rhett; Similä, Jukka
Publisher: National Academy of Sciences
Date: 2021
Language: en
Belongs to series: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Sep 2021, 118 (36) e2102798118
ISSN: 0027-8424
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2102798118
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/337602
Abstract: The speed and uncertainty of environmental change in the Anthropocene challenge the capacity of coevolving social–ecological–technological systems (SETs) to adapt or transform to these changes. Formal government and legal structures further constrain the adaptive capacity of our SETs. However, new, self-organized forms of adaptive governance are emerging at multiple scales in natural resource-based SETs. Adaptive governance involves the private and public sectors as well as formal and informal institutions, self-organized to fill governance gaps in the traditional roles of states. While new governance forms are emerging, they are not yet doing so rapidly enough to match the pace of environmental change. Furthermore, they do not yet possess the legitimacy or capacity needed to address disparities between the winners and losers from change. These emergent forms of adaptive governance appear to be particularly effective in managing complexity. We explore governance and SETs as coevolving complex systems, focusing on legal systems to understand the potential pathways and obstacles to equitable adaptation. We explore how governments may facilitate the emergence of adaptive governance and promote legitimacy in both the process of governance despite the involvement of nonstate actors, and its adherence to democratic values of equity and justice. To manage the contextual nature of the results of change in complex systems, we propose the establishment of long-term study initiatives for the coproduction of knowledge, to accelerate learning and synergize interactions between science and governance and to foster public science and epistemic communities dedicated to navigating transitions to more just, sustainable, and resilient futures.
Subject: governance
complex systems
social–ecological–technological systems
law and science
law
science
globalization
environmental change
SETs
changes
government
legal structures
adaptation
adaptive governance
natural resource-based
private sector
public sector
formal institutions
informal institutions
governance gaps
traditional roles of states
new governance forms
legitimacy
capacity
management
complexity
managing complexity
coevolving systems
coevolving complex systems
legal systems
facilitation
promoting legitimacy
nonstate actors
democracy
democratic values
values
equity
justice
long-term study
coproduction of knowledge
learning
synergy
science and governance
interaction
interaction between science and governance
communities
public
public science
community
communities
epistemic
epistemology
epistemic communities
transition
sustainability
resilience
future
change
public administration
adaptation (change)
environmental changes
climate changes
sustainable development
environmental administration
administration (systems of a society)
globalisation
environmental policy
forms of government
change management (leadership)
Subject (ysa): hallinto
järjestelmät
kompleksiset järjestelmät
sosio-ekologis-teknologiset järjestelmät
laki
tiede
laki ja tiede
globalisaatio
muutos
hallitus
adaptaatio
yksityinen sektori
julkinen sektori
instituutiot
legitimiteetti
kapasiteetti
hallinto
kompleksisuus
oikeusjärjestelmät
fasilisointi
demokratia
demokraattiset arvot
arvot
tasa-arvo
oikeudenmukaisuus
oikeus
pitkittäistutkimus
tiedon luonti yhdessä
oppiminen
synergia
tiede ja hallitus
tiede ja politiikka
vuorovaikutus
julkinen
yhteisöt
episteeminen
epistemologia
episteemiset yhteisöt
resilienssi
tulevaisuus
julkinen hallinto
sopeutuminen
ympäristönmuutokset
ilmastonmuutokset
kestävä kehitys
ympäristöhallinto
ympäristöpolitiikka
organisaatiomuutokset
valtiomuodot
muutosjohtaminen
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