Towards deliberative and pragmatic co-management: a comparison between inshore fisheries authorities in England and Scotland

Margherita Pieraccini, Emma Cardwell

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In seeking to answer the question ‘who should be included in fisheries co-management?’, a constructive critique of the existing co-management literature is provided by filling the gaps of Habermas’s deliberative theory of democracy with Dewey’s pragmatism. Three conditions for ensuring democratic co-management are extrapolated from the theories: actors’ authority over decision making (empowerment), actors’ diversity (membership), and the right to self-nomination (procedures for external inclusion). The theoretical insights developed are supported with two examples of co-management institutions for inshore fisheries in the UK: Scottish Inshore Fisheries Groups (IFGs) and English Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authorities (IFCAs).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)729-748
Number of pages20
JournalEnvironmental Politics
Issue number4
Early online date30 Sep 2015
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2016



  • Procedural justice
  • co-management
  • deliberative theories
  • inshore fisheries institutions

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