Collaborative Governance and Stakeholder Consciousness in Central Oregon’s Deschutes Basin

Authors: Noel Vineyard*,
Topics: Legal Geography, Cultural and Political Ecology, Natural Resources
Keywords: Legal Geography, Stakeholder Theories, Collaboration, Political Ecology, Water Resource Management
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Virtual 47
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Collaborative governance is widely regarded as a means of democratizing environmental policy making through the integration of local knowledge and interests. However, concerns have been raised as to the range of community interests represented in such collaborative processes and the distinctions between which stakeholders are invited to participate and which are excluded.
Through the examination of the collaborative process which created the Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (DBHCP), this research seeks to answer two questions: How was the status of “stakeholder” constructed through the Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan collaborative process? And What role does sense of place play in the formation of stakeholder consciousness? 16 semi-structured interviews were conducted with collaboration participants and policy makers in the Deschutes Basin to explore the role of hegemonic legal powers governing Deschutes Basin water in the formation of interest groups’ stakeholder consciousness. By constructing a stakeholder theory based on legal geography and political ecology, this research seeks to understand the spatialities behind what makes a stakeholder a stakeholder in collaborative environmental governance.

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