The political economy of tropical deforestation: assessing models and motives

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Title The political economy of tropical deforestation: assessing models and motives
Author McCarthy, Stephen Neil; Tacconi, Luca
Journal Name Environmental Politics
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract There is renewed interest in identifying the causes of deforestation because it contributes about 17% of the annual emissions of greenhouse gases. Despite considerable efforts, universal causes of tropical deforestation remain elusive. The existing models of tropical deforestation are assessed, and the problems involved in approaching the issue through the lens of governance reforms are examined. Although corruption continues to thrive, global and local economic incentives remain powerful motivating forces for deforestation. Because of the variation in regional and country causes, it may not be possible to derive a more unified theory, and general models of deforestation will continue to lack predictive value. Policies that demand reform in developing countries with high rates of deforestation will be ineffective unless they address the power, incentives and culture of local political elites.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2011.538171
Volume 20
Issue Number 1
Page from 115
Page to 132
ISSN 0964-4016
Date Accessioned 2011-06-12
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Comparative Government and Politics; Environmental Politics
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/41436
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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