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Institutions and Environmental ChangePrincipal Findings, Applications, and Research Frontiers$
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Oran R. Young, Leslie A. King, and Heike Schroeder

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262240574

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262240574.001.0001

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Global Change: Analyzing Scale and Scaling in Environmental Governance

Global Change: Analyzing Scale and Scaling in Environmental Governance

(p.225) 7 Global Change: Analyzing Scale and Scaling in Environmental Governance
Institutions and Environmental Change

Joyeeta Gupta

The MIT Press

This chapter introduces the concept of scaling, one of the analytical themes classified by the Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (IDGEC) for institutional analysis. Furthermore, it focuses on the role of scaling in environmental governance and also discusses the wide variety of definitions, approaches, and methods used in discussing this concept. The chapter examines whether the concept of scale has exploratory, explanatory, and predictive value and classifies important IDGEC research questions for the future. Its scope and works have been limited to researchers interested specifically in the scaling problem. The later part of the chapter shows the relationship between scaling problems and politics that played a major role in environmental problems. The concluding part of the chapter states that more research is needed on cross-scale linkages along with the preceding scalar analysis.

Keywords:   scaling concept, institutional analysis, environmental governance, IDGEC, environmental problems, cross-scale linkages

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