New modes of governance, such as network governance or public-private partnership have gained ground in environmental policy. While typically associated with long-term, well-established democracies, these interorganizational processes are emerging in countries with weak democracies such as those in Central America. Scholars on environmental governance are pondering if these new modes of environmental governance make decision-making more inclusive, transparent and accountable, while at the same time promoting effective environmental policy performance. We partially address this question by focusing on public and private actors’ articulations of the issue surrounding biological corridors in Honduras. We draw on the institutional analysis framework of policy arrangement developed by Leroy and Ars to provide perspective on the main challenges that network governance confronts in unstable democracies. The case presented here highlights that persistent traditional political forms at the national level hinder network governance. At the same time, emerging collaborative attitudes promoted at local and international level are slowly challenging these traditional forms.
|Keywords:||Environmental Governance, Central America, Public Policy Networks, Biological Corridors|
Full-time Researcher, PROIMMSE-IIA-UNAM, National Autonomous University of Mexico, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
Full-time Researcher, Programa de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias sobre Mesoamerica y el Sudeste - PROIMMSE-IIA-UNAM-, Institute of Anthropological Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico