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A critique of the participation norm in marine governance: bringing legitimacy into the frame

Fudge, M ORCID: 0000-0003-1327-0053, Alexander, K ORCID: 0000-0001-8801-413X, Ogier, E ORCID: 0000-0001-6157-5279, Leith, P ORCID: 0000-0002-2395-8014 and Haward, M ORCID: 0000-0003-4775-0864 2021 , 'A critique of the participation norm in marine governance: bringing legitimacy into the frame' , Environmental Science and Policy, vol. 126 , pp. 31-38 , doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2021.09.015.

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Abstract

Citizen and stakeholder participation is held to bolster the democratic legitimacy of. marine governance by building trust in the decision-making system through inclusion.However, a growing body of literature points to increasing disillusionment and.exclusion, and thus decreased legitimacy. In this study we apply a ‘legitimacy lens’ to.examine a dominant conceptualisation of participation in marine governance. We.argue that the social-ecological systems paradigm (SES) exerts a substantial.intellectual influence within marine governance. We identify that an ontological.underpinning of the conceptualisation of participation within this paradigm results in the.absence of a coherent articulation of democratic legitimacy in marine governance.scholarship. We suggest that the development of a more nuanced and overt account of.democratic legitimacy is necessary to strengthening the application of SES-informed.marine governance practices.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Fudge, M and Alexander, K and Ogier, E and Leith, P and Haward, M
Keywords: political participation, marine governance, representation, institutional arrangements
Journal or Publication Title: Environmental Science and Policy
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ltd
ISSN: 1462-9011
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.envsci.2021.09.015
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