New paper published on institutional work (introduction to Special Issue)

James Patterson and Raoul Beunen have recently had a paper published in the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management on the topic of “institutional work”. 

R. Beunen & J.J. Patterson (2016): Analysing institutional change in environmental governance: exploring the concept of ‘institutional work’, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2016.1257423

This paper reviews various theoretical ideas about institutional change, and argues that the novel concept of institutional work provides a useful way of analysing institutional change in environmental governance. Institutional change is a notoriously tricky topic, and is only recently becoming a theoretical focus in the institutional literature. In environmental governance, scholars often highlight the need for institutional change in response to all manner of sustainability problems, but understand how and why institutional change happens is challenging. 

The paper is an introduction to a new Special Issue edited by Raoul and James in the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, which pulls together 15 contributions from scholars in multiple countries across the world (Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Chile) to explore the notion of institutional work in environmental governance. 

An authors meeting will be held on 23-24 March at the Symposium on learning and innovation in resilient systems at The Netherlands Open University, Heerlen to discuss draft papers, and it is anticipated that all papers will be submitted for review by the end of May 2017, and hopefully start to appear online in the second half of 2017. 


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