Unpredictable Outcomes in Forestry—Governance Institutions in Practice

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Community forest management in the Amazon has been subject to institutional changes because of a shift from government to governance. Although these changes aim to create opportunities for local communities, the effectiveness of new institutions remains arbitrary. In particular, the unpredictability of legislative outcomes—as one of the institutional changes—evokes discussion on how local people respond to new institutions. This article analyzes the effects of forest institutions at the local level. By using the concept of institutional bricolage, the article argues that institutions in practice work differently than intended.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-371
JournalSociety & Natural Resources
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • natural-resource management
  • environmental governance
  • ecuadorian amazon
  • decentralization
  • deforestation
  • livelihoods
  • bolivia
  • conservation
  • bricolage
  • market


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