Date of Award
Campus Access Dissertation
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Global Governance and Human Security
J. Samuel Barkin
International forest governance, that is, the set of international organizations, norms, and rules related to forest protection, has expanded considerably since the 1980s. This expansion created a wide array of forest-focused and forest-related institutions. The literature on international forest governance warns against this expansion, arguing that “fragmentation” leads to incoherent norms and policies and ineffectiveness of the governance system in general. The purpose of this dissertation is to challenge this assumption, and examine the consequences of institutional complexity in international forest governance. Complexity usually leads to interactions among institutions that stem from overlap of specific issue areas. To understand these effects, I map out the institutional landscape, and divide it into two dimensions: functional complexity, and normative complexity. Using network and textual analysis, I identify two impacts of institutional complexity: division of labor, and interplay management. Understanding these effects may provide a more granular understanding of what institutional complexity looks like, and what kinds of efforts might work best to improve global governance.
Bueno Gibbs, Gabriela, "The Institutional Landscape of International Forest Protection: Understanding Institutional Complexity in International Forest Governance" (2018). Graduate Doctoral Dissertations. 447.