Theory and research to study the legal and institutional foundations of adaptive governance

Daniel A. DeCaro, Brian C. Chaffin, Edella Schlager, Ahjond S. Garmestani, J. B. Ruhl

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Adaptation to major social and ecological changes requires the participation, innovation, social learning, and political deliberation of many stakeholders, doing many different governance activities at different scales. Legal and institutional systems set the ground rules for this governance activity, establishing boundaries and opportunities for widespread innovation and cooperation. However, the enabling conditions for adaptive governance are poorly understood, making it difficult to facilitate. Candidate design principles that describe enabling conditions for adaptive environmental governance are proposed. Research opportunities are outlined to study the effects of these factors in different social-ecological systems and to further refine the principles.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPractical Panarchy for Adaptive Water Governance
Subtitle of host publicationLinking Law to Social-Ecological Resilience
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783319724720
ISBN (Print)9783319724706
StatePublished - Apr 18 2018


  • Adaptive governance
  • Climate change
  • Design principles
  • Environmental law
  • Social-ecological resilience
  • State-reinforced self-governance
  • Water governance


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