They would like to thank Stephen Hall, Neil Andrew, Patrick Dugan, and two anonymous reviewers for helpful comments on draft versions of this article, and Derek Armitage, organiser of a session at the Resilience 2011 conference where the article was presented, and participants in that session. Completion of the article was enabled by funding from the CGIAR Research Programme on Aquatic Agricultural Systems, a CGIAR-Canada linkage fund project on ‘Governing Small-scale Fisheries for Wellbeing and Resilience’, and the Fisheries unit in the Division of Trade and Agriculture, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Wealth, Rights, and Resilience: An Agenda for Governance Reform in Small-scale Fisheries
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2012
© The Authors 2012. Development Policy Review © 2012 Overseas Development Institute.
Development Policy Review
Volume 30, Issue 4, pages 371–398, July 2012
How to Cite
Ratner, B. D. and Allison, E. H. (2012), Wealth, Rights, and Resilience: An Agenda for Governance Reform in Small-scale Fisheries. Development Policy Review, 30: 371–398. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7679.2012.00581.x
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2012
- first submitted March 2011; final revision accepted January 2012
- Environmental governance;
- small-scale fisheries;
- wealth-based fisheries management;
- rights-based approaches;
- social-ecological resilience;
- policy reform
The diversity of social, ecological and economic characteristics of small-scale fisheries in developing countries means that context-specific assessments are required to understand and address shortcomings in their governance. This article contrasts three perspectives on governance reform focused alternately on wealth, rights and resilience, and argues that – far from being incompatible – these perspectives serve as useful counterweights to one another, and together can serve to guide policy responses. In order to better appreciate the diversity in governance contexts for small-scale fisheries it puts forward a simple analytical framework focused on stakeholder representation, distribution of power, and accountability, and then outlines principles for identifying and deliberating reform options among local stakeholders.