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Constructing Private GovernanceThe Rise and Evolution of Forest, Coffee, and Fisheries Certification$
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Graeme Auld

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300190533

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300190533.001.0001

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Markets and Politics in the Forest Sector

Markets and Politics in the Forest Sector

(p.53) Chapter Three Markets and Politics in the Forest Sector
Constructing Private Governance

Graeme Auld

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the conditions and processes that led to the emergence of certification programs for responsible forest management practices. More specifically, it looks at the role of markets and politics in the initiation of certification programs. It also outlines the relevant market features of the forest sector, including high barriers to entry, multinationals' occupation of several points of concentration in the supply chain, and low levels of international trade compared with fisheries and the coffee industry. Furthermore, it traces the history of intergovernmental processes on forests and describes how they have coevolved with the activism of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Finally, the chapter highlights differences in opportunities available to NGOs and businesses.

Keywords:   certification programs, forest management, markets, politics, forest sector, barriers to entry, multinationals, supply chain, international trade, nongovernmental organizations

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