Democracy and Governance for Resourcing the Commons: Theory and Practice on Rural-Urban Balance

Yvonne Corcoran-Nantes (Editor), Norma R.A. Romm (Editor), Janet McIntyre (Editor)

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This book promotes the well-being of the commons through representation and accountability through monitoring from below in order to operationalize engagement. This book views the commons as a legal concept, a transformative governance concept, and a basis for systemic ethics. The chapters focus on practical responses to address complex problems that comprise many interrelated variables and are perceived differently by stakeholders with different values and life experiences. By considering these different stakeholders, the goal is to highlight ways to regenerate and invigorate employment opportunities. The book identifies pathways towards ethical vocational education to enable lifelong engagement by active citizens which requires action learning to address areas of perceived policy concern. Throughout the chapters in this book, the authors discuss transformative research and its implications on stakeholders. They focus on re-presentation and its implications for thinking and practice. One author makes the case for fostering non anthropocentric approaches to ethical development. In addition, the chapters cover case studies including governance challenges associated with water management using a mixed method approach and also production of mushrooms in collaboration with coffee growers in Jakarta. The book focuses on ways to de-colonialise knowledge formation in public policy and makes the case for an alternative approach to governance and democracy that takes into account a range of local people’s perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages476
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-04891-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-04890-7
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Cascade
  • Blue Economy
  • Systematic intervention
  • Action research
  • Systematic practice
  • Social justice
  • Environmental justice
  • Unemployment
  • Eithcal vocational education
  • Sustainable development
  • Sustainability
  • Wellbeing
  • Democracy
  • Governance


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