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Towards deliberative and pragmatic co-management: a comparison between inshore fisheries authorities in England and Scotland

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Environmental Politics
Issue number4
Volume25
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)729-748
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date30/09/15
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

In seeking to answer the question ‘who should be included in fisheries co-management?’, a constructive critique of the existing co-management literature is provided by filling the gaps of Habermas’s deliberative theory of democracy with Dewey’s pragmatism. Three conditions for ensuring democratic co-management are extrapolated from the theories: actors’ authority over decision making (empowerment), actors’ diversity (membership), and the right to self-nomination (procedures for external inclusion). The theoretical insights developed are supported with two examples of co-management institutions for inshore fisheries in the UK: Scottish Inshore Fisheries Groups (IFGs) and English Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authorities (IFCAs).