An Institutional Perspective

Authored by: Eeva Primmer

Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138025080
eBook ISBN: 9781315775302
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The mis-led assumption that new and newly organized knowledge will automatically feed to decision-making and improve ecosystem service governance can be corrected by taking an institutional perspective. Ecosystem services are defined, enjoyed and governed by people. The behavior of people follows patterns that have been prescribed by formal rules, such as laws and policies – or mere shared norms and practices. These written and unwritten rules and norms can be conceptualized as formal and informal institutions.

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