Gender and Green Governance: The Political Economy of Womens Presence Within and Beyond Community…

Paperback | July 31, 2013

byBina Agarwal

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Economists studying environmental collective action and green governance have paid little attention to gender. Research on gender and green governance in other disciplines has focused mainly on women's near absence from forestry institutions. This interdisciplinary book turns that focus on itshead to ask: what if women were present in these institutions? What difference would that make? Would women's inclusion in forest governance - undeniably important for equity - also affect decisions on forest use and outcomes for conservation and subsistence? Are women's interests in forests different from men's? Would women's presence lead to better forests and more equitable access? Does itmatter which class of women governs? And how large a presence of women would make an impact? Answers to these questions can prove foundational for effective environmental governance. Yet they have hardly been empirically investigated. In an analysis that is conceptually sophisticated and statistically rigorous, using primary data on community forestry institutions in India and Nepal, this book is the first major study to comprehensively address these wide-ranging issues. It traces women's history of exclusion from publicinstitutions, the factors which constrain their effective participation, and how those constraints can be overcome. It outlines how strategic partnerships between forestry and other civil society institutions could strengthen rural women's bargaining power with community and government. And itexamines the complexities of eliciting government accountability in addressing poor rural women's needs, such as for clean domestic fuel and access to the commons. Located in the interface of environmental studies, political economy and gender analysis, the volume makes significant original contributions to current debates on gender and governance, forest conservation, clean energy policy, critical mass and social inclusion. Traversing uncharted territory withrare analytical rigor, this lucidly written book will be of interest to scholars and students as well as policy makers and practitioners.

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Economists studying environmental collective action and green governance have paid little attention to gender. Research on gender and green governance in other disciplines has focused mainly on women's near absence from forestry institutions. This interdisciplinary book turns that focus on itshead to ask: what if women were present in ...

Bina Agarwal has held distinguished positions at several leading universities and lectured world-wide. She was Harvard's first Daniel Ingalls visiting professor and held the Winton Chair at the University of Minnesota. She has been Vice-President of the International Economic Association; President of the International Association for...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:July 31, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199683026

ISBN - 13:9780199683024

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Table of Contents

Part 1: The Potential of Presence1. Presence and Representation2. Gendered Interests and the Environment3. From Absence to Negotiated PresencePart 2: The Impact of Presence4. Fieldsites and Field Profile5. From Exclusion to Empowered Engagement6. Rules and Rulemakers7. Violations and Penalties8. Conservation and Regeneration9. Shortages Amidst Growing PlentyPart 3: Beyond Presence10. Connecting with Civil Society: Weaving a Web of Strategic Alliances11. Engaging with Government: Extending the Web

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"Beautifully written and soundly argued, this book makes an outstanding contribution to the fields of both environmental economics and governance. Drawing on over a decade of fieldwork in India and Nepal, and eschewing easy generalizations, Bina Agarwal offers a richly layered and insightfultreatment of the effects of women's presence in local bodies governing village forests." --Jean-Philippe Platteau, University of Namur and co-author of Halting Degradation of Natural Resources