Social Justice in the Context of Fisheries – A Governability Challenge

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


Social justice figures among the key concerns of fisheries governance. This is for various reasons; one being that it is an important value in and of itself. Fisheries governance as a distributional and potentially disempowering or empowering mechanism should be evaluated on the basis of whether it works in accordance with general justice principles, such as those pertaining to human rights. However, as is argued in this chapter, justice is also an important governability condition. Without justice, stakeholders are likely to revolt against governing efforts to sustain the resource or to promote development. This chapter draws on international experiences to illustrate what justice as a governance principle implies for fisheries.


Interactive governance Social justice Governability Governance orders Fisheries 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and EconomicsUniversity of TromsøTromsøNorway

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