Trends in research on forestry decentralization policies

Jens Friis Lund, Rebecca Leigh Rutt, Jesse Ribot

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We identify and describe four strands in the literature on forestry decentralization policies: studies that assess impacts of forestry sector decentralization policies on forests and livelihoods; studies that examine whether forestry decentralization empowers public and democratic local institutions; studies focusing on power and the role of elites in forestry decentralization, and; studies that historicize and contextualize forestry decentralization as reflective of broader societal phenomena. We argue that these strands reflect disciplinary differences in values, epistemologies, and methods preferences, and that they individually provide only partial representations of forestry decentralization policies. Accordingly, we conclude that a comprehensive understanding of these policies cannot rest solely on any of these strands, but should be informed by all of them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-22
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
StatePublished - Jun 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Social Sciences


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