Setting the Standard: Certification, Governance, and the Forest Stewardship Council

Setting the Standard: Certification, Governance, and the Forest Stewardship Council

By: Fred Gale (author), David Haley (author), Christopher Tollefson (author)Hardback

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Setting the Standard chronicles the emergence and implications of an ambitious experiment in civil-society-led global governance: the Forest Stewardship Council. The FSC was born in 1993 as a grassroots initiative to promote "environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests" through an international system of forest certification. The recent establishment of an FSC standard for British Columbia was achieved only after difficult and protracted negotiations at the regional, national, and global levels. Drawing on a pioneering case study of this negotiation process, Setting the Standard explores the challenges associated with implementing the FSC's global vision on the ground. It also undertakes a detailed comparative analysis of FSC standards and standard-setting processes elsewhere in Canada, the United States, and Europe, and grapples with the broader implications of the emerging FSC experience for global governance and regulatory theory.

About Author

Chris Tollefson is a professor of law at the University of Victoria. Fred Gale is a senior lecturer in the School of Government at the University of Tasmania. David Haley is a professor emeritus of the Department of Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia.


1 Introduction Part 1: Developing the FSC-BC Standard 2 The Rise and Rise of Forest Certification 3 The BC Forest Policy Context 4 Hard Bargaining: Negotiating an FSC Standard for British Columbia 5 Beyond British Columbia: Standards Development in Other Jurisdictions Part 2: Analyzing the FSC-BC Standard 6 Tenure, Use Rights, and Benefits from the Forest 7 Community and Workers' Rights 8 Indigenous Peoples' Rights 9 Environmental Values Part 3: Governance within and beyond the FSC System 10 A Political Network Analysis of FSC Governance 11 A Regulatory Analysis of FSC Governance 12 An Institutional Analysis of FSC Governance Part 4: Conclusions 13 Theorizing Regulation and Governance within and beyond the FSC 14 Reflections on the Nature and Significance of the FSC-BC Case Appendix Notes References Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780774814379
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 424
  • ID: 9780774814379
  • weight: 740
  • ISBN10: 0774814373

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