Governing Through Markets Forest Certification and the Emergence of Non-state Authority Benjamin Cashore, A. Graeme Auld, Deanna Newsom

Publication date:
14 Sep 2004
320 pages: 240 x 156 x 25mm
17 figures

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In recent years a startling policy innovation has emerged within global and domestic environmental governance: certification systems that promote socially responsible business practices by turning to the market, rather than the state, for rule-making authority. This book documents five cases in which the Forest Stewardship Council, a forest certification programme backed by leading environmental groups, has competed with industry and landowner-sponsored certification systems for legitimacy. The authors compare the politics behind forest certification in five countries. They reflect on why there are differences regionally, discuss the impact the Forest Stewardship Council has had on other certification programmes, and assess the ability of private forest certification to address global forest deterioration.

'The book is rich with empirical detail and concise analysis, and has been structured so that those with no social science background who wish to dive straight into the case study chapters without learning about the research design can do so safely.' - Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

'Governing Through Markets effectively combines theoretical discussion with extensive qualitative observation and makes for a very interesting read.' - International Environmental Agreements