‘Nested enterprises’? Spatial dimensions of ecological governance

Lennart J. Lundqvist

in Sweden and Ecological Governance

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780719069024
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700549 | DOI:
‘Nested enterprises’? Spatial dimensions of ecological governance

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This chapter considers the spatial dimensions of ecological governance. It explains that space is of central concern to rational ecological governance and discusses Elinor Ostrom's opinion that ecosystem-based governance is one of congruence between a natural ecosystem and the unit of governance for that system. This chapter analyses ideas on ecosystem management in order to formulate operational criteria for evaluating Sweden's performance in terms of spatially rational ecological governance. It also argues that the idea of nested enterprises does imply that multi-faceted interests and uses of shared natural resources can be organised into a proper response to problems of ecological governance.

Keywords: ecological governance; space; Elinor Ostrom; natural ecosystem; ecosystem management; nested enterprises; natural resources

Chapter.  9835 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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