Toward Social Justice and Enduring Nature Conservation
This concluding chapter summarizes the findings reported in Democracy in the Woods and offers theoretical insights and critical reflections about political mediation of the equally valued goals of social justice and environmental conservation. It examines how the supposedly neutral concept of “property rights” is applied very differently in policy contexts that favor pollution-emitting industries compared with policy contexts that favor socially and politically marginalized forest-dependent people. A key argument is that the two important goals of social justice and environmental conservation are often in conflict because of the manner in which state actors—political elites and government officials—seek to exploit forestry and wildlife conservation programs to secure political and economic goals that they value. This chapter also offers suggestions for extending the political economy of institutions framework beyond the empirical focus on environmental policy and politics to social, economic, and political questions of broader significance.
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