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Research article
05 Dec 2022
Research article |  | 05 Dec 2022

Governing change: a dynamical systems approach to understanding the stability of environmental governance

Nusrat Molla, John DeIonno, Thilo Gross, and Jonathan Herman

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How the structure of resource governance systems affects how they respond to change is not yet well understood. We model the stability of thousands of different governance systems, revealing that greater diversity and interdependence among actors are destabilizing, while venue shopping and advocacy organizations are stabilizing. This study suggests that complexity in governance corresponds to responsiveness to change, while providing insight into managing them to balance adaptivity and stability
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