Setting the Standard: Certification, Governance, and the Forest Stewardship Council


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Setting the Standard: Certification, Governance, and the Forest Stewardship Council Authors: , , Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: University of British Columbia Press Pages: 424 Illustrations and other contents: 31 tables, 7 charts Language: English ISBN: 9780774814379 Categories: , , , ,

Setting the Standard chronicles the emergence andimplications of an ambitious experiment in civil-society-led globalgovernance: the Forest Stewardship Council. The FSC was born in 1993 asa grassroots initiative to promote “environmentally appropriate,socially beneficial, and economically viable management of theworld’s forests” through an international system of forestcertification. The recent establishment of an FSC standard for British Columbia wasachieved only after difficult and protracted negotiations at theregional, national, and global levels. Drawing on a pioneering casestudy of this negotiation process, Setting the Standardexplores the challenges associated with implementing the FSC’sglobal vision on the ground. It also undertakes a detailed comparativeanalysis of FSC standards and standard-setting processes elsewhere inCanada, the United States, and Europe, and grapples with the broaderimplications of the emerging FSC experience for global governance andregulatory theory.

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"This book makes an absolutely essential contribution to the literature on voluntary environmental standards and environmental certification schemes by providing the sort of detailed, contextual, and comparative empirical account of standard-setting that is fundamental to advance our understanding of the phenomenon of contemporary governance. - Stepan Wood, coeditor of Environmental Law for Sustainability A powerful and well researched account of the emergence of forest certification in the British Columbia forest sector. - Benjamin Cashore, co-author of Governing Through Markets: Forest Certification and the Emergence of Non-State Authority"

Author Biography

Chris Tollefson is a professor of law at theUniversity of Victoria. Fred Gale is a senior lecturerin the School of Government at the University of Tasmania.David Haley is a professor emeritus of the Departmentof Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia.