Governing Through Markets - Cashore, Benjamin; Auld, Graeme; Newsom, Deanna - Yale University Press
Political Science

Governing Through Markets

Forest Certification and the Emergence of Non-State Authority

  • Benjamin Cashore, Graeme Auld, and Deanna Newsom
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Winner of the 2004 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award sponsored by the Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association

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In recent years a startling policy innovation has emerged within global and domestic environmental governance: certification systems that promote socially responsible business practices by turning to the market, rather than the state, for rule-making authority. This book documents five cases in which the Forest Stewardship Council, a forest certification program backed by leading environmental groups, has competed with industry and landowner-sponsored certification systems for legitimacy.

The authors compare the politics behind forest certification in five countries. They reflect on why there are differences regionally, discuss the impact the Forest Stewardship Council has had on other certification programs, and assess the ability of private forest certification to address global forest deterioration.

Benjamin Cashore is associate professor of sustainable forest policy and chair, Program on Forest Certification, Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry, at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Graeme Auld is a PhD student at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Deanna Newsom is TREES Program Associate, Rainforest Alliance, Richmond, Vermont.