Setting the Standard chronicles the emergence andimplications of an ambitious experiment in civil-society-led globalgovernance: the Forest Stewardship Council. The FSC was born in 1993 asa grassroots initiative to promote "environmentally appropriate,socially beneficial, and economically viable management of theworld's forests" through an international system of forestcertification.
The recent establishment of an FSC standard for British Columbia wasachieved only after difficult and protracted negotiations at theregional, national, and global levels. Drawing on a pioneering casestudy of this negotiation process, Setting the Standardexplores the challenges associated with implementing the FSC'sglobal vision on the ground. It also undertakes a detailed comparativeanalysis of FSC standards and standard-setting processes elsewhere inCanada, the United States, and Europe, and grapples with the broaderimplications of the emerging FSC experience for global governance andregulatory theory.
Chris Tollefson is a professor of law at theUniversity of Victoria. Fred Gale is a senior lecturerin the School of Government at the University of Tasmania.David Haley is a professor emeritus of the Departmentof 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 OtherJurisdictions 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 theFSC 14 Reflections on the Nature and Significance of the FSC-BC Case Appendix Notes References Index