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Beyond the Tragedy in Global Fisheries$
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D. G. Webster

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029551

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029551.001.0001

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The Management Treadmill

The Management Treadmill

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Beyond the Tragedy in Global Fisheries

D. G. Webster

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This concluding chapter reviews the evidence for responsive governance found in Chapters 2-8 and shows that globally, fisheries governance tends to cycle through periods of effective and ineffective management. This new dynamics is dubbed the management treadmill. Furthermore, the chapter delineates between stable treadmills, where the crisis rebound effect is the primary mechanism that undermines effective management, and growth cycle treadmills, where exogenous factors constantly increase incentives to weaken regulation or engage in illegal fishing activities. Growth cycle treadmills dominate modern fisheries management, which suggests that fisheries will only be sustainable in the long run if we can find some way to make the entire global economy more sustainable.

Keywords:   Management treadmill, crisis rebound effect, sustainable development

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