Governability of Fisheries and Aquaculture

Theory and Applications

  • Maarten Bavinck
  • Ratana Chuenpagdee
  • Svein Jentoft
  • Jan Kooiman

Part of the MARE Publication Series book series (MARE, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introducing Governability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ratana Chuenpagdee, Svein Jentoft, Maarten Bavinck, Jan Kooiman
      Pages 3-8
  3. Meta Concerns

  4. Thematic Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Joeri Scholtens, Maarten Bavinck
      Pages 177-199
    3. Yajie Liu, Ratana Chuenpagdee, U. Rashid Sumaila
      Pages 201-218
    4. Raquel De la Cruz Modino, José J. Pascual-Fernández
      Pages 219-240
    5. Katia Frangoudes, Begoña Marugán-Pintos, José J. Pascual-Fernandez
      Pages 241-261
  5. Methodological Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Ratana Chuenpagdee, Robin Mahon
      Pages 265-278
    3. Andrew Song, Ratana Chuenpagdee
      Pages 279-299
    4. Robin Mahon, Patrick McConney
      Pages 301-314
    5. Sharon Almerigi, Lucia Fanning, Robin Mahon, Patrick McConney
      Pages 315-331
  6. Future Prospects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
    2. Ratana Chuenpagdee, Svein Jentoft
      Pages 335-349
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 373-382

About this book


Following in the footsteps of the book Fish for Life – Interactive Governance for Fisheries (Kooiman et al., 2005), and the interdisciplinary approach it presents, this volume illustrates the contribution of interactive governance theory to understanding core fisheries and aquaculture challenges. These challenges are invariably linked to broader concerns such as ecosystem health, social justice, sustainable livelihoods and food security. The central concept in this perspective is governability – the varied capacity to govern fisheries and aquaculture systems sustainably. Many of these systems are characterized by problems that are inherently 'wicked' and therefore difficult to address.  The authors of this edited volume argue that responses to such problems must consider context; specifically the character of the fisheries and aquaculture systems themselves, their institutional conditions, and the internal and external interactions that affect them. Drawing on a diverse set of international experiences, the volume offers a new lens and systematic approach to analysing the nature of governance problems and opportunities in fisheries and aquaculture, exploring pressing challenges and identifying potential solutions. 

”It now seems clear that the crisis in the world’s fisheries [is] a much larger and more complex problem than many had imagined.   Yet, examining it through the lens of governability may offer the best hope for alleviating it--as well as alleviating similar crises in other social systems.” James R. McGoodwin (Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado)


Aquaculture Fisheries Governability Governance Wicked problems

Editors and affiliations

  • Maarten Bavinck
    • 1
  • Ratana Chuenpagdee
    • 2
  • Svein Jentoft
    • 3
  • Jan Kooiman
    • 4
  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands
  2. 2., Department of GeographyMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John'sCanada
  3. 3., Norwegian College of Fishery ScienceUniversity of TromsøTromsøNorway
  4. 4., Centre for Maritime ResearchErasmus UniversityAmsterdamNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-6106-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-6107-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2212-6260
  • Series Online ISSN 2212-6279
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