Affordable Access

Contracts or scripts? A critical review of the application of institutional theories to the study of environmental change

Authors
Publication Date
Disciplines
  • Ecology
  • Geography
  • Social Sciences

Abstract

Contracts or Scripts? A Critical Review of the Application of Institutional Theories to the Study of Environmental Change Copyright © 2006 by the author(s). Published here under license by the Resilience Alliance. Hotimsky, S., R. Cobb, and A. Bond. 2006. Contracts or scripts? A critical review of the application of institutional theories to the study of environmental change. Ecology and Society 11(1): 41. [online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol11/iss1/art41/ Insight Contracts or Scripts? A Critical Review of the Application of Institutional Theories to the Study of Environmental Change Samy Hotimsky1, Richard Cobb1, and Alan Bond1 ABSTRACT. The impact of new institutionalism on the study of human environment interactions has been meaningful. Institutional perspectives have further shaped and modified the field problems of common pool resources, environmental hazards, and risk and environmental management. Given the relative potential of institutional theories to increase the comprehension of the various dimensions of human– environmental interactions, it has become increasingly important to attempt to consolidate different interpretations of what institutions are, and how they mediate and constrain possibilities for more successful environmental outcomes. This article focuses primarily on contending ontological perspectives on institutions and institutional change. It argues that what should guide the application of institutional theories in practical research regarding environmental change is the ontological dimension, and that the focus of research should be on uncovering the underlying dynamics of institutional change. In doing so, it calls for a methodological pluralism in the investigation of the role institutions play in driving/managing for environmental change. Key Words: Adaptation; environmental change; institutions; ontology INTRODUCTION Multiple social science perspectives have produced knowledge on human–environment interactions and on processes of human-induc

There are no comments yet on this publication. Be the first to share your thoughts.