Setting the Standard: Certification, Governance, and the Forest Stewardship Council

Setting the Standard: Certification, Governance, and the Forest Stewardship Council

by Christopher Tollefson, Fred Gale, David Haley


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Setting the Standard chronicles the emergence and implications of an ambitious experiment in civil-society-led global governance: the Forest Stewardship Council. Drawing on a pioneering case study of this negotiation process, this book explores the challenges associated with implementing the FSC's global vision on the ground. Indeed, the establishment of an FSC standard for British Columbia was achieved only after difficult and protracted negotiations at the regional, national, and global levels. This important work also undertakes a detailed comparative analysis of FSC standards and standard-setting processes elsewhere and grapples with the broader implications for global governance and regulatory theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774814386
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Chris Tollefson is a professor of law at the University of Victoria. Fred Gale is a senior lecturer in the School of Government at the University of Tasmania. David Haley is a professor emeritus of the Department of Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

Part 1: Developing the FSC-BC Standard
2 The Rise and Rise of Forest Certification
3 The BC Forest Policy Context
4 Hard Bargaining: Negotiating an FSC Standard for British Columbia
5 Beyond British Columbia: Standards Development in Other Jurisdictions

Part 2: Analyzing the FSC-BC Standard
6 Tenure, Use Rights, and Benefits from the Forest 
7 Community and Workers' Rights
8 Indigenous Peoples' Rights
9 Environmental Values

Part 3: Governance within and beyond the FSC System
10 A Political Network Analysis of FSC Governance
11 A Regulatory Analysis of FSC Governance
12 An Institutional Analysis of FSC Governance

Part 4: Conclusions
13 Theorizing Regulation and Governance within and beyond the FSC
14 Reflections on the Nature and Significance of the FSC-BC Case



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