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Record number 552376
Title “Your policy, my rationale”. How individual and structural driversinfluence European forest owners’ decisions
Author(s) Deuffic, Philippe; Sotirov, Metodi; Arts, B.J.M.
Source Land Use Policy 79 (2018). - ISSN 0264-8377 - p. 1024 - 1038.
Department(s) WASS
Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Abstract If forest policies aim to orientate forest owners’ behaviours, some gaps still remain between policy makers’objectives and forest owners’ final decision. In order to understand where these discrepancies comefrom, we propose a conceptual framework which analyse forest owners’ decision-making through thecombination of four individual logics of action (utilitarism, appropriateness, cognition, and practices) andfive main structural factors (forest policies, market, environment, knowledge, and social norms). Insteadof identifying a profusion of very accurate profiles often too specific to a regional or national context, wealso aim at attempting a generalization of “forest owners meta-profiles”. Finally we distinguish five ones:“optimizers or economy-oriented”, “satisfiers or traditional knowledge oriented”, “passive or outsider”,“environmentally-oriented”, and “multifunctional public forest managers” Following this classification,we analysed the influence of structural factors such as public policies, market, environmental issues,knowledge, and social norms on decision making. Beyond this typology, we also identify some majortrends in forest owners’ attitudes: firstly, we show that forest owners adopt more easily forest policieswhich support the management activities that they have planned. They also may reshape those who donot fit with their goals. Although forest owners are not particularly in favour of the coercive power of thestate, they appreciate this political authority as it create a legitimate arbiter and mediator for formal andnegotiated agreements. Secondly, if the logic of utilitarism and factors as wood market are still importantdrivers for action, the respect of social norms (such as protecting the environment or managing the forestfor public goods) gives less-profit-oriented forest owners a new legitimacy for action that did not exist 20years ago. Finally, we also raise questions about the emergence of new forest owners who may reconsidertheir roles, and redefine forestry norms in the future instead of just following the rules.
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