Tuesday 6
Disturbance, Crisis, and Creative Construction
Timothy Baird, David Wrathall
› 11:35 - 12:30 (55min)
Rebuilding Windows of Opportunity: Adaptive governance and creative disturbance in the Klamath Basin, USA
Brian Chaffin  1@  
1 : Oregon State University  (OSU)

Adaptive governance (AG) is increasingly called upon as a type of environmental governance used to build resilience or shape transformation in social-ecological systems (SESs). Mounting empirical evidence suggests that AG is often catalyzed during a period of SES reorganization following a major disturbance or crisis. The context dependent and non-linear genesis of AG structures and processes such as informal networks, polycentric institutions, and collaborative organizations makes a transition toward AG hard to characterize, but in essence, it consists of a transformation toward a more preferred state of environmental governance through leveraging opportunities and managing legacies of a failed system. Governance legacies can serve as learning opportunities or direct constraints to achieving AG often manifested as reoccurring disturbances. Theoretically, the defining structures and processes of AG are adept at both managing these continued disturbances and creating further disturbances that produce windows of opportunity to overcome constraining legacies of failed governance systems. Using empirical evidence from a case study of a SES in transition toward a regime of AG, this presentation analyzes AG structures and processes not only as managers of disturbance, but also as creators of disturbance in order to facilitate further governance transformation. Specifically, this speed talk highlights a series of social and policy transformations within the Klamath Basin bioregion of Oregon and California, USA. Analytical emphasis is placed on the roles of stakeholder collaboration, shadow networks, and polycentric policy direction as both sources and sinks of disturbance in an ongoing conflict over governance of water, threatened and endangered species, and land use.

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