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Large Carnivore ConservationIntegrating Science and Policy in the North American West$
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Susan G. Clark and Murray B. Rutherford

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226107400

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226107547.001.0001

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Improving Governance for People and Large Carnivores

Improving Governance for People and Large Carnivores

(p.365) 11 Improving Governance for People and Large Carnivores
Large Carnivore Conservation

Murray B. Rutherford

Susan G. Clark

University of Chicago Press

This chapter reviews the overall messages of this book, using examples from the case studies and other chapters to illustrate recurring malfunctions in decision making (governance) and to inform recommendations for improvements. We summarize the factors that make carnivore conservation particularly challenging, including the doctrine of scientific management, conflicting myths and perspectives, symbolic politics, power and politicized decision making, bounded rationality at the individual, institutional and collective levels, multiple and hierarchical decision processes, unique contexts, and impediments to innovation and diffusion. We outline five main strategies to improve governance in carnivore conservation: focus attention on the quality of decision-making processes, build new platforms for dialogue and problem solving, develop leadership and capacity, participate constructively in the social process, and be pragmatic and reinforce positive trends and conditions.

Keywords:   governance, decision-making process, large carnivores, conservation policy, wildlife management, policy sciences

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