Title

Contesting Neoliberal Knowledge Politics in Restoration Governance: the Restorationist's Dilemma

Published In

Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning

Document Type

Citation

Publication Date

2020

Abstract

The success of ecological restoration efforts is tightly coupled with the effectiveness of many U.S. environmental policies. Yet scholars have raised questions about the ability of restoration to produce intended results. We use a case study of tidal wetland restoration planning in Oregon to examine how neoliberal environmental governance exercises influence through a set of knowledge politics that produces subpar outcomes. We present three main findings: (1) restoration policies produce a restoration economy based on a conception of wetland as commodity (2) practitioners in this restoration economy exhibit competitive behavior resulting in a piecemeal rather than a landscape approach to restoration; and (3) limited monitoring prevents changes to existing policies. Practitioners offer insight into the challenge of treating wetlands as a commodity and call for more monitoring to challenge the assumptions of hegemonic knowledge practices that reinforce a neoliberal environmental governance regime. The divergent ideas of reflexive practitioners, though not yet manifest as action, show where changes to restoration governance might be possible.

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Copyright © 2020 Informa UK Limited

DOI

10.1080/1523908X.2020.1743651

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/32774

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