CEESP News - by Dr. Prakash Kashwan, Univesity of Connecticut
How do societies negotiate the apparently competing agendas of environmental protection and social justice? Why do some countries perform much better than others? Democracy in the Woods answers these question by explaining the trajectories of forest and land rights—and the fate of forest-dependent peasants—in the forested regions of India, Tanzania, and Mexico.
To organize a comparative inquiry that straddles the fields of comparative politics, historical institutionalism, and policy studies, this book develops a political economy of institutions framework. It shows that differences in structures of political intermediation—venues that help peasant groups and social movements engage in political and policy processes—explain the varying levels of success in combining the pursuits of social justice and environmental conservation.
Readers may get more information about the book here https://global.oup.com/academic/product/democracy-in-the-woods-9780190637385 or by contacting Prakash Kashwan at [email protected]
Prakash Kashwan has a Ph.D. in Public Policy (School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2011), and has since been working as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. He specializes in the fields of international environmental policy, natural resource management and conservation, and in mixed-methods research. His research has appeared in Ecological Economics, International Journal of the Commons, Land Use Policy, Journal of Environmental Management, and Global Environmental Politics. He has been a CEESP member since 2013.