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Interactions Between Public and Private Resource Governance: Key Insights from the Fisheries Case
William and Mary Policy Review (2014)
  • Zdravka Tzankova, University of California, Santa Cruz

Growing in presence and visibility, eco-labels and other forms of green certification are the more obvious signs of a broader social and policy phenomenon: the rise of private regulation and nonstate, market-based governance of environmental and resource practices. The growth of private regulatory initiatives, especially initiatives led by NGOs and other civil society actors, is increasingly accompanied by concerns over their potential to detract from public, government regulation.

This paper seeks to generate insights on the nature and consequences of interaction between more traditional forms of public, government regulation and the growing realm of market-based regulation by nonstate actors. It does so by focusing on the burgeoning field of private, market-based fisheries regulation to examine the public policy and regulatory implications of growing NGO use of market-based regulation.

My observations and analysis suggest important potential for positive synergies between the private, market-based regulatory efforts of NGOs and their broader endeavors for public regulatory reform.

  • market-based governance; private regulation; public regulation; public-private; ecolabeling; sustainable seafood; sustainable seafood movement,
  • NGOs; supply chains; market power
Publication Date
Fall 2014
Citation Information
Zdravka Tzankova. "Interactions Between Public and Private Resource Governance: Key Insights from the Fisheries Case" William and Mary Policy Review Vol. 6 Iss. 1 (2014)
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