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BOOK LAUNCH. Good Governance Scale and Power: A Case study of North Sea Fisheries

17:30 - 19:30 27 February 2013

Location: 34 Tavistock Square, DPU building. Room 101

book launch

'Surge of Sea in a Storm' by ©J.W Turner. 1835

The DPU is hosting the launch of Liza Griffin's book Good Governance Scale and Power: A Case study of North Sea Fisheries.

Abstract: "This book examines the discourse and practice of ‘good governance’ in the context of fisheries management. It starts by examining the ‘crisis’ of fisheries in the North Sea, caused primarily by overfishing and failure of the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy. It then goes on to analyse reforms to this policy enacted and planned between 2002 and 2013, and the proposition that collapse of fish stocks could occur as a result of deficiencies in new governing arrangements, i.e. failure to apply ‘principles of good governance’. The book argues that impediments to good governance practice in fisheries are not merely the result of implementation deficits, but that they constitute a more systematic failure. Governance theory addresses issues of power, but it does not recognise the many important spatially contingent and relational forms of power that are exercised in actual governing practice. For example, it frequently overlooks spatial practices and strategies, such as ‘scale jumping, ‘rescaling’ and the discursive redrawing of governing boundaries. This book exposes some of these spatial power relationships, showing that the presence of such relationships has implications for accountability and effective policymaking.

About Liza: She completed her PhD in geography at the Open University in 2007 after which she joined the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster where she worked as a research fellow on the Governance and Sustainability Programme and then, in 2009, became a Senior Lecturer there. She is now a lecturer in the MSc Environment and Sustainable Development in DPU. Liza has written widely on environmental politics and is particularly interested in debates about power and space in relation to the governance of wicked problems. 

Everyone is welcome to join, there will be drinks and nibbles afterwards.

To read more about the book and purchase a copy visit: http://www.routledge.com