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Record number 433810
Title From practical science to a practice based approach: A short history of forest policy studies
Author(s) Wiersum, F.; Arts, B.J.M.; Laar, J.N. van
Source In: Forest and nature governance: a practice based approach / Arts, B.J.M., Behagel, J.M., van Bommel, S., de Koning, J., Turnhout, E., Dordrecht : Springer (World forests 14) - ISBN 9789400751125 - p. 23 - 46.
Department(s) Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
Publication type Peer reviewed book chapter
Publication year 2013
Abstract This chapter presents a short history of forest policy studies, with the aim of situating the practice based approach of this book. Forest policy studies emerged as a sub-discipline within forestry science in the mid-20th century. Its early focus was strongly influenced by traditional forestry science, but since then it has evolved. The chapter first explores the basic characteristics of forestry science that prevailed when forest policy analysis emerged, and identifies the disciplinary matrix underlying conventional forestry science. The next sections describe how forest policy studies’ normative view on professional practice changed into an analytical perspective on governance processes, and how a critical perspective on policy practices has recently been added to the discipline’s repertoire. During this process, the conceptualisation of the ‘forestry practitioner’ gradually widened from professional foresters to include both forest policy makers and laymen practitioners. Concomitantly, the role of the forest policy scientists has gradually changed, from (1) advising foresters, to (2) explaining policy dynamics, to (3) reflecting upon the social practices of scientists, policy makers and professional foresters alike.
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