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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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Large Carnivore Conservation

Large Carnivore Conservation

A Perspective on Constitutive Decision Making and Options

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Large Carnivore Conservation

Susan G. Clark

David N. Cherney

Douglas Clark

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the constitutive decision-making process that is the functional and cultural foundation for the complex system for carnivore conservation. It elaborates this important concept of “deciding how to decide” and distinguishes it from ordinary decision making. It diagnoses widespread, recurring weaknesses, especially at the institutional level, in constitutive decision processes, in ordinary decision processes, and in the concepts and practices of the individuals who make up carnivore conservation systems. Contextual variables—society and culture, myth, and symbols—that influence constitutive decision making are considered, as are standards for evaluating decision processes and ensuring that common interests are met. Finally, four sets of strategies—conceptual, practical, individual, and general—for more successful conservation worldwide are offered.

Keywords:   constitutive decision making, ordinary decision making, society, symbols, myth, decision standards, common interest, context

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